Why is this ill considered idea being rushed through?

This Forum has been been opened for just a week with very little notice or publicity and at a time of the year when many people are away on holiday. Why?

The necessity of salmon and carcase tagging for rod caught fish has not been proved. In the Tweed district there are already adequate science based controls in place.

Tagging would bring little or no additional benefit for conservation. It is already illegal to sell rod caught salmon. Net caught salmon should be tagged.

Considerable financial harm to the Scottish Economy could be caused by the imposition of tagging on rod caught fish.

Unnecessary additional bureaucracy will increase the burden on Scottish Taxpayers. 

Why the contribution is important

It is important to try and slow the process down, so that the subject can be considered in more depth (including areas that have been omitted as mentioned in other posts - such as other predators and fish farms). It is also important that the Government tries to save Tax Payers' money rather than spending it.

by MacRob on July 29, 2015 at 05:14PM

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  • Posted by boabs55 July 29, 2015 at 19:50

    i could not have said it any better myself well done. I fear that its coming anyway along with a whole load of other nonsense all that is going to happen is the angler and fishery owner being hit with a whole host of extra charges to fish . None of which is going to help preserve the fish. For the last 20 years or so the river users have done everything they can to try and help keep fish stocks healthy fighting a losing battle as all the major problems are happening outwith the rivers. To now bring in all these extra charges to the very groups who are doing most to save fish is so unjust and unfair. The Govt are going to put lots of people in charge who have little or no fishing or river experience who will then dish out allsorts of guff . Results will be unthinkable.Stop this now before the potential for further disaster please.
  • Posted by Salmon_Fisher July 29, 2015 at 22:31

    I fully agree that the case has not been proved. Indeed the available evidence from our very own MSS fish traps and counters suggests that controlling the numbers of fish killed by anglers will have no effect on smolt production or Salmon Stock numbers.

    Just because the government CAN introduce legislation it doesn't mean it SHOULD. The lack of time granted to this discussion is in total contrast with the timelines for the wider WFR and Kill Licence responses.

    It is hard to escape the feeling that this is being rushed through. I have little faith that the voices of myself and others who raise valid objections are being heard. Perhaps the scotgov representative could increase my confidence by indicating where the proposals have already been changed in response to the previous consultations?
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