Scrap tagging for rod caught fish

The driver behind this whole review and reform was the prospect of the Scottish Government being fined by Europe for its mismanagement of Atlantic Salmon. It is certainly the case, that by allowing mixed stock netting and not properly regulating the aquaculture industry, this could be a possibility. Where is there any evidence that anglers are having a detrimental impact on Salmon stocks?  

Given that this whole review is meant to be evidence based, I would like to see the evidence. Introducing tagging and kill licences for rod caught fish will certainly give the Government control, which is all this appears to be all about. Whether that control is necessary is certainly not proven. If river boards, managers, RTC or proposed FMO's were left to decide on whether and how many fish should be killed, on their perticular river, as long as these responsible bodies were answerable to Scottish Gov. then, there could be no valid claim of mismanagement from Europe.

Make the boards or FMO's legally answerable to Gov. and this whole unnecessary, costly, bureaucratic nonsense would not be required.

Why the contribution is important

This legislation is unnecessary and the detrimental impact it will pose on anglers, visitors and  especially Associations is not justified. This legislation would have no genuine conservation benefit on any river with a harvestable surplus of Salmon.

by tweedfisher on July 25, 2015 at 12:31PM

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  • Posted by bradan July 26, 2015 at 08:05

    Well said Tweedfisher. Come on Scot Gov, show us the evidence that R&L angling is not sustainable on the majority of Scottish beats and rivers. Where is the science that is supposed to underline the WFR? No evidence, no tags!
  • Posted by Tweedman July 26, 2015 at 17:35

    The Tweed Foundation has provided plenty of evidence that a kill quota and tagging will do absolutely nothing to save any wild salmon, nor need it, as after July 1st Tweed anglers catch a tiny percentage of the summer and autumn run, so these proposals have no basis in salmon conservation. I support everything Tweedfisher says, it should be up to the local river board, in this instance the RTC to decide on any kill limits, on the basis of sound scientific evidence as necessary.
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