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CATCH AND EFFORT REPORTED BY SCOTTISH SALMON

FISHERIES IN 2014

 

A total of 8,036 wild salmon and grilse was

reported caught and retained in the rod and line

fishery. A further 37,139 wild salmon and grilse

were reported caught and released

A total of 13,343 wild salmon and grilse was
reported caught and retained in the fixed engine
fishery, and the national index of netting effort
was 203.5 trap months. A total of 4,435 wild
salmon and grilse was reported caught and
retained in the net & coble fishery from a reported
effort of 55 crew months.

These figures are taken from the Scot Gov website and to my mind clarify the fundamental issue that this review revolves around.

An angling industry that generates millions of pounds for the Scottish economy and employs many thousands of people causes less harm to the stocks of salmon than a netting industry that employs a handful of people and from what I understand plays no part in any active conservation activities in the rivers that they exploit.

To tackle this inadequacy in fisheries mangement we have this nightmare fisheries review monster that has emerged over the last six months.

Anglers have shown an incredible and responsible level of restraint over recent years in terms of catch and release, and I believe this is an upwards trend. If a fish is killed it's generally a small fish betweeen the months of July and early September, but in reality the vast majority of salmon fishermen return all fish they catch.

So to address this obvious inequity between the rod fishers and the net fishers we have this nightmare beaurocratic process to endure, with an outcome that may in the long term reduce fishing effort, especially in angling associations where the added cost of providing a kill tag may be prohibitive.

If we're to add a rod licence to this rigmarole it will undoubtedly reduce youngsters getting involved in this pastime.

I'm so disppointed in this govermnents handling of this process, it has shown a real lack of insight and imagination not to metion a failure to address the core reason that started the review in the first place, the nets taking an unacceptible number of fish from mixed stock fisheries and  SAC protected rivers.

Many other commenters have made the point of how the harvestable surplus concept is completely flawed and the logistical nightmare that applications for a licence will be, not to mention you guys have yet to give a ball park figure of what it will cost.

Maybe you should put the picture of the Rainbow Trout back up, (credibility lost on day 1) and we'll all fish for them! That will really draw the tourists in..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why the contribution is important

CATCH AND EFFORT REPORTED BY SCOTTISH SALMON

FISHERIES IN 2014

 

A total of 8,036 wild salmon and grilse was

reported caught and retained in the rod and line

fishery. A further 37,139 wild salmon and grilse

were reported caught and released

A total of 13,343 wild salmon and grilse was
reported caught and retained in the fixed engine
fishery, and the national index of netting effort
was 203.5 trap months. A total of 4,435 wild
salmon and grilse was reported caught and
retained in the net & coble fishery from a reported
effort of 55 crew months.

These figures are taken from the Scot Gov website and to my mind clarify the fundamental issue that this review revolves around.

An angling industry that generates millions of pounds for the Scottish economy and employs many thousands of people causes less harm to the stocks of salmon than a netting industry that employs a handful of people and from what I understand plays no part in any active conservation activities in the rivers that they exploit.

To tackle this inadequacy in fisheries mangement we have this nightmare fisheries review monster that has emerged over the last six months.

Anglers have shown an incredible and responsible level of restraint over recent years in terms of catch and release, and I believe this is an upwards trend. If a fish is killed it's generally a small fish betweeen the months of July and early September, but in reality the vast majority of salmon fishermen return all fish they catch.

So to address this obvious inequity between the rod fishers and the net fishers we have this nightmare beaurocratic process to endure, with an outcome that may in the long term reduce fishing effort, especially in angling associations where the added cost of providing a kill tag may be prohibitive.

If we're to add a rod licence to this rigmarole it will undoubtedly reduce youngsters getting involved in this pastime.

I'm so disppointed in this govermnents handling of this process, it has shown a real lack of insight and imagination not to metion a failure to address the core reason that started the review in the first place, the nets taking an unacceptible number of fish from mixed stock fisheries and  SAC protected rivers.

Many other commenters have made the point of how the harvestable surplus concept is completely flawed and the logistical nightmare that applications for a licence will be, not to mention you guys have yet to give a ball park figure of what it will cost.

Maybe you should put the picture of the Rainbow Trout back up, (credibility lost on day 1) and we'll all fish for them! That will really draw the tourists in..

 

 

 

by Riverman on July 25, 2015 at 08:51PM

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