Licencing thoughts

C&R mortality is unavoidable. Especially where large hooks, baits and certain types of lures are used.  If mortality is unacceptable no fishing should be permitted.


Allowing salmon that may have been returned to be killed after a C&R period and in a more advanced stage towards spawning makes no sense. In river sanctuary areas for salmon should be considered.


Total C&R reduces sport fishing for salmon to deliberately wounding and harming creatures for self-satisfaction. This is not morally justifiable.


It should never be a crime to humanely despatch a seriously injured creature and prevent suffering.


Licences with a limited number salmon (and sea trout?) possession tags should be available for purchase by anglers. No tag, no fishing.


Voluntary C&R and other conservation practices by anglers have proven to be successful for several years and will continue to achieve desirable results in conjunction with beat regulations and recommendations and individual licences and tags. In future FMOs will be responsible for management.


Ideally a licence would include an online account for each angler that can be used to log fishing effort, beats, catches and tag use. This valuable information could be used to monitor more accurately the recent state of affairs.


It is not possible to accurately predict runs of anadromous fish and therefore it is not possible to set “harvestable surpluses” safely using other than the precautionary principle.


Individual licenced tag systems are used successfully in many other countries. Newfoundland has an adaptable system created by categorising rivers to manage exploitation which works. Adoption of a proven procedure makes more sense than inventing a proprietor based system that most people have grave reservations about.

Why the contribution is important

To progress we need to have a pragmatic, simple and effective system that delivers significant improvements to management of the species and fishing. Provided that licence costs are reasonable and cater for daily, weekly and season anglers, residents and visitors they are unlikely to be a barrier.

by kipper on July 28, 2015 at 11:11AM

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  • Posted by marinescotland2 July 28, 2015 at 16:55

    Thank you for your comments. Could I ask how you would see in river sanctuaries working?
  • Posted by kipper July 29, 2015 at 11:44

    There are already river sanctuaries for salmon but they could be more widely used to prevent excessive disturbance to fish that are held back for any reason. Another example is the upper part of the R Shee where the Tay Board took over the angling rights and prevented fishing in this valuable spawning area. Other creatures enjoy sanctuaries why not salmon?
  • Posted by Piscator July 29, 2015 at 22:16


    There might be different options. One option is that fisheries could be bought or leased and not fish them. Alternatively I guess you could introduce a regulation preventing fishing in a certain stretch of river all season. this might be most appropriate say where salmon are stuck below an obstruction and subject to poaching etc. In the question of headwater areas where coloured fish are gathering you could always shorten the season in the autumn. It would really depend on what the problem is.
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