Extend kill prohibition to top of tidal limit

Current proposal is to prohibit the killing of salmon out with the estuary limit. It is well documented that salmon frequently enter bottom stretches of non-natal rivers on their migration. As such, fish caught in lower reaches should still be classed mixed stock, even if to a lesser extent than those found out with the estuary. To truly minimise mixed stock exploitation, kill licences should only be available for fisheries above the tide. 

Why the contribution is important

Being based on Deeside, I am only too aware of the current and potential exploitation in neighbouring tidal waters (Ythan and North Esk), which the current proposals will only encourage rather than abate. 

by Deesider on July 27, 2015 at 09:46PM

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  • Posted by english_fisher July 27, 2015 at 22:50

    I don't think i agree with this. There are many good rod fisheries that are partly tidal in Scotland. It is essential that these fisheries are not closed and are allowed to continue in business. Most rivers in Scotland have productive tidal beats or partly tidal, and it would be a great loss to the economy to close these fisheries.
  • Posted by Deesider July 28, 2015 at 19:42

    EF - my suggestion wasn't to close tidal reaches to fishing, just to prevent killing of fish in what is generally a partial mixed stock fishery. I personally enjoy fishing tidal water but would give up the right to kill a fish if that prevented the inevitable high exploitation where netting rights persist.
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