Don't price people out of salmon fishing

These proposals will result in many anglers no longer being able to afford to fish for salmon. Although most anglers are happy to return the majority of fish they catch, for many the option of being able to take the occasional fish is very important. To make the that an option, for only the wealthy, is surely contrary to the Scottish Governments stated objectives?

It is the Association waters that provide the most affordable fishing that would be hardest hit by these proposals.

 

Why the contribution is important

Salmon angling, with the option of killing a fish, should be available to all, not just those that can afford to pay extra.

This legislation, where it relates to angling, is too important to be rushed through. The responses that I have read so far, clearly show that majority of anglers are not in favour of the proposals as they stand.

by tweedfisher on July 25, 2015 at 02:52PM

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  • Posted by ashleymorton July 25, 2015 at 16:37

    It can't be rushed through like every other law in this country only the rich a thought about and not the working man who would no longer be able to afford and take home the odd salmon if they are lucky enough to catch one.
  • Posted by Tayghillie July 26, 2015 at 10:26

    This is a valid point however as a whole we have reached a crisis point in recent years where every salmon is a precious resource. Anglers are happy to return salmon nowadays and most see that as their only way to contribute back to this magnificent fish. Catches are at all time lows on the majority of rivers and beats throughout scotland with only the very best bits surviving and most of these places including the Tweed are not affordable by the common man. It is a shrinking market with salmon fishing hard to let. We no longer see fish jumping in the rivers as in the past and the phrase of catching a salmon is a bonus springs to mind. We have a sustainable resource but it is far from being a commercially viable currently.
    Let us embrace these proposals and make them work to help what we all ready have.
  • Posted by Greenheart July 26, 2015 at 22:03

    Price we are told will be purely to cover "costs". What ambiguous costs I wonder are going to lumped together into this system? Consultation, research, enforcement, administration, distribution. Just more red tape for little if any real value.
  • Posted by mikem July 29, 2015 at 15:28

    I agree totally with tweedfisher's comments.
    It is grossly unfair to local fishers to create a system whereby a wealthy visiting angler could take a fish home but a local pensioner will probably be unable to afford to do so.
    Most fishers have a good idea what current stocks are like, so are quite happy to release all their fish in a year such as we are having now.
    Very few rivers have fish counters so it is unlikely that any bureaucrat will have a better idea of stocks than fishermen who are on the river regularly.
  • Posted by Ayrshirecast July 30, 2015 at 00:00

    Clubs will suffer
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