To include Sea Trout in the carcass tagging scheme

PLEASE INCLUDE SEA TROUT IN THE PROPOSED KILL LICENCE SCHEME and give SEA TROUT a chance to survive and thrive. Commercial netting in high numbers is disastrous and does nothing to the conservation of our Scottish rivers.

Why the contribution is important

To stop any netting on the river Ythan.

Only a few months ago the Ythan Don Dee and Spey fishery boards had to pay a massive amount of anglers moneys to stop commercial netting on the Ythan in order to protect not only stocks of salmon but above all sea trout/ Although the new regulation willstop coastal salmon netting, it would still aloow to use sweep stake netting and this might therefor still happen in the estuary from 2016 onwards. It would be for limited numbers of salmon in line with the carcas tagging system but because at present the Sea Trout is not included in this system, this might happen for UNLIMITED numbers. This would be greatly damaging to the alreadt vulnerable levels of sea trout in the ythan and other rivers. There is the view at government administration level there is insufficient evidence to suggest a decline in sea trout numbers. Although at the Ythan this inconclusive, overall in Scotland there is more decline than increase of numbers of Sea Trout. Please see Marine Scotland's science report 01/15 "Status of Scottish Salmon and Sea Trout Stocks 2014"

by YthanAnna on July 27, 2015 at 11:28AM

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Comments

  • Posted by Deesider July 27, 2015 at 22:11

    Well said. Sea trout should be protected too.
  • Posted by devronmac July 28, 2015 at 09:03

    Sea Trout need as much protection as salmon.
  • Posted by lgiebuchan July 28, 2015 at 11:46

    Sea Trout definitely require protection. Although most anglers practice a high percentage of catch and release, I fear that those who hold netting rights in our estuaries may decide to increasingly target sea trout instead of their current valuable resource, Salmon.

  • Posted by Rowan July 28, 2015 at 14:31

    Sea Trout are as endangered as Salmon, if not more so, they have been a dwindling resource for many years. This is not opinion its fact, look at any of the major east coast rivers, or the west coast for instance the Ewe system. The catch records on any of the beats on these rivers all tell the same story for sea trout catches. We have no control over Salmon smolts once they leave our coastal waters, however we have a chance to conserve our sea trout stocks as they remain mostly withing our shores. Surely it makes no sense to exclude sea trout from any protection afforded to Salmon.
  • Posted by Ayrshirecast July 29, 2015 at 23:59

    Agree with sea trout being included in any protection measures.
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