EA CONSULTATION ON SALMON EXPLOITATION

TYNESIDE ANGLERS SYNDICATE MEMBERS ARE REQUESTED TO FILL IN THIS VERY IMPORTANT CONSULTATION WHICH WILL AFFECT OUR FISHING FOR MANY YEARS.

This information has been put together by conscientious anglers who care deeply about our sport. We have published it help you fill in this consultation. Read it carefully and then complete your consultation document

TO ACCESS THIS LOG ON TO http://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/fisheries/managing-salmon-net-and-rod-fisheries/

Salmon and sea trout anglers who bought their licences on line will have received information concerning the above. Those who bought their licences from Post Offices etc have not been informed. To access the consultation process to give your responses log on to http://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/fisheries/managing-net-and-rod-fisheries/

It is presented in 7 sections and each section has a number of questions . This process is lengthy and will take several hours to complete. Answering questions  giving detailed reasons will also take several hours. While this process is ridiculous we as salmon anglers must make our thoughts known.

Here are some suggestions: Section 2

Q2.2a recommendation is Wholly

Salmon stocks are in decline and remedial action needs to be taken very quickly to encourage these to recover. However as data in appendix 2 show rod angling is not the issue as anglers already safely return 79% of salmon caught. Substantially more significant are issues such as; exploitation by offshore nets, the widespread and endemic problems of agricultural pollution, habitat damage, over abstraction and low water flows, fish farming and unsustainable predation.

Section 3 Q.32A-

RECOMMEND Partially

We wholly agree that salmon need additional protection from nets/ fixed engines. Rod exploitation is not the cause of the decline of Atlantic salmon. As salmon anglers safely release 80% (7090) of all salmon caught (8930) Exploitation by rods is insignificant compared with other factors particularly exploitation by nets, fixed engines, predation,  agricultural pollution, excessive abstraction, fish farming, illegal fishing. low river flows, and habitat damage. Fixed engines nets killed just under 40,ooo salmon in the  NE and Yorkshire net fishery in the two years 2015 and 2016 most caught in District I and 2 in the NE. In 2106 the declared net catch in England was 20,017 fish. The fish killed by anglers was only 9% of this total. The net fishery has no limit on the amount of fish they kill though each fish needs to be tagged. There is no limit to the number of tags available.

Predation by cormorants, goosander and other predators is a very significant factor. Cormorants eat at least 1lb of fish each day some eat more. This is typically 8 to 10 smolts each day. Many rivers have large numbers of these birds taking many young fish. Lets say 50 birds on a river taking 500 salmon and sea-trout smolts each day.

Q4.2A

Spring byelaws we recommend wholly that spring stocks should be protected as much as possible. Most anglers do not fish for spring salmon as spring runs of salmon are so poor in the North East. are so poor.

SECTION 5

Q5.4a We recommend option 1. Nets must end to improve salmon stocks in all British and European rivers.

Q5.4b

removing indiscriminate exploitation by nets would help salmon stocks recover. If the recreational income from salmon angling declines this will mean significant loss in revenue to the government, Environment Agency, the tackle trade, riparian owners and tourism. This will be a very large economic downturn compared with revenue generated by net fisheries.

Q.5.4c

We recommend 10 years.

Q.5.4d We recommend NE1. Mixed stock netting should be brought to an end because it is indiscriminate and leads to calls by fishermen in Greenland and the Faroes to increase their catches from the feeding grounds of the Arctic.

We recognise that netting in the NE impacts  on many rivers in Yorkshire, North East and in Scotland it has a significant impact on the number of salmon running up Tees, Tyne, Wear, Coquet and Tweed. In 2015, 60,000 sea-trout and 15,000 salmon were killed by NE nets; this is greater than all the salmon and sea-trout that run the Tees, Wear, Tyne and Coquet combined.

Q5.4e

Currently many North East angling clubs, associations are losing up to 50% of their memberships as a result of poor fish stocks in NE rivers. Some face closure and many have been in existence for over 100 years. Their closure will have significant social impact on the local communities.

Section 6

Q6.2a Preferred option for catch and release.

Recommend Option 4. We believe that the voluntary catch and release targets set out in Option 4 are achievable. Anglers have already reacted quickly and responsibly to reducing salmon and sea trout stocks over recent years such that we now release 80% of fish caught. The release of more fish will help to improve fish stocks but importantly sets out a voluntary code that fishermen can buy into. This could see more fish willingly returned.

Q6.2b

A voluntary scheme is something everyone takes part in and feels part of.

Q 6.2C  We recommend yes.

Q6.2 d  Yes

Q 6.2e A voluntary scheme is something everyone takes part in and feels part of. Anglers have already reacted quickly and responsibly to reducing salmon and sea trout stocks over recent years such that they now release 80% of fish caught. If 100% catch and release is imposed then significant number of anglers would stop fishing for salmon and sea trout. This will have major impact on EA licence revenue, club membership and existence, the angling trade, riparian owners income and fishing tourism.

Q6. 2 f

Recommend  No I would not support voluntary catch and release of all salmon caught.

As above.

Q 6.2i

Clubs would be losing membership from subscriptions and day tickets etc. For every £1000 of leases lost is £200 lost in VAT.

 

q 6.3 b Many of the best practice recommendations are extremely difficult, if not impossible , for angling clubs and EA and Angling Trust to police and are best implemented by a voluntary approach and left to the conscience of individual anglers. Anglers returning fish are very keen that they survive when released and will respond positively to a voluntary approach. Anglers return 80% already contrasted to 100% kill by net fishermen.

Q 6.4 C  NO

Q6.4 a

Yes

Having a landing net helps to safely restrain the fish before release.

6.4 b Yes

6.4 c No  Many of the punitive measures proposed in Section 6 will have negligible impact on the survival rate of salmon released by anglers compared to the 100% kill by salmon netsmen and the very large number of smolts lost through predation. Imposing these measures would result in anglers leaving the sport with financial consequences to angling clubs, tackle trade and licence revenue.

6.4 d No these should not be banned. Voluntary and left to individual angler.

 

Q 6.4 e No

Voluntary and left to the angler.

6 .4 f  No restrictions should not apply to Flying C’s

Flying C’s have an important role to paly in lure fishing particularly in high water. Members have very little experience of deep hooking salmon and consequently we see very little benefit to the banning or restricting the use of Flying C’s.

Q 6. 4 g

No

Section 7

Rod Exploitation is not the cause of the decline of Atlantic Salmon. Anglers release 80% and exploitation from rods is insignificant compared with other factors particularly exploitation by nets/fixed engines, predation, agricultural pollution, excessive abstraction, fish farming, illegal fishing, low rover flows, habitat change and hydros.

Fixed engines /nets killed just under 40,000 salmon in the NE and Yorkshire in the two years 2015 and 2016 most from District 1 and 2 in the NE. 2016 saw 20071 fish were caught by nets. The fish killed by anglers amounted to 9% of this catch!

The net fishery have no limit on the amount of fish they kill even though each fish needs to be tagged. There is no restriction on the number of tags available.

Anglers are being instructed how to handle salmon gently to ensure their survival when released. The same gentle handling of salmon will be required by NE nets if they are to be returned to ensure their survival. We do not believe this is possible in an industrial fishing environment.

We object in the strongest possible terms to the proposal by the EA in section 5.2.2 whereby the netting of sea-trout may continue and salmon be removed from the T nets and returned to the sea. Has the EA conducted any research into the mortality rate that this proposal would entail. In side the final chamber from which salmon are to be safely removed  consists of salmon and sea-trout frantically thrashing around. It is our experience and opinion of retired T Netsmen that this process cannot be safely operated to ensure the safe return of salmon to the sea. It is likely that released fish will then swim into another T net. This is because of the number of nets in district 1.This process would be repeated again and again.

SECTION 8 FEEDBACK

Satisfied

It is a comprehensive document but takes far too long to read, comprehend and answer the questions. It takes many hours to complete.

We are concerned that many anglers will not take or have the time to complete this because of its complexity.

Only anglers who renewed their EA licence  on-line have been informed of this consultation. There are substantial number of anglers who buy and renew their EA licence at the Post Office and have not been informed directly of this consultation.

 

Other points to consider include

Anglers already release 80% of salmon caught on rod and line.

If 100% catch and release was imposed a significant number of anglers will stop fishing for salmon and sea trout. There will be a major impact and angling clubs, associations, Syndicates, Angling trade, riparian owners and fishing tourism.

Sea trout appear to be being sacrificed to preserve salmon stocks.

Anglers are being instructed to preserve salmon stocks.

Anglers are being instructed how to handle salmon and sea trout so as to ensure their survival when released. The same gentle handling will be expected by the nets if they are to be returned to ensure their survival. We do not believe this is remotely possible in an industrial environment.

The Angling Trust suggest the following points could also be included please use your won words if possible.

Mixed stock netting should be brought to an end because it is indiscriminate and leads to calls by fishermen in Greenland and the Faroes to increase their catches from the feeding grounds in the Arctic.

Anglers already release 80% of salmon caught. We have been regulated enough- we want to see tough action to regulate polluters and abstractors that damage the aquatic environment.

Angling has far more social and economic benefit for many people than netting, which only benefits a handful of people.

Many anglers also voluntarily donate funds and their own time to support Rivers Trusts and others who use this money to generate substantial additional  external funding to restore rivers. Netsmen make no such contributions.

Salmon stocks are in decline in England and Wales. Anglers need to see action to address the widespread and endemic problems of agricultural pollution, habitat damage, over-abstraction, fish farming and unsustainable predation alongside action to manage exploitation by nets and rods.

 

 

 

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NEW TAS FISHING OPENS 1ST SEPTEMBER

Our new fishing at Ridley Stokoe Farm opens on Friday 1st September. The beat is wade-able in conditions around 10 cumec releases from Kielder Water. Above this level anglers should exercise great care. On entry at the top end follow the pathway down the bank to the lower island on your right on entry across the road.

Wading is OK almost in a straight line from the road but becomes too deep to wade near the incoming stream behind the small upper island. Wading is possible down the glide below the Stokoe Pool. Also below this area but overhanging branches are difficult. A wading stick is essential on this beat! We intend clearing much of this out but at present holidays are preventing working parties. The lower parking is around mid way down the beat through the gate on left going towards Kielder on the hard standing. Please be aware that animals are often in this field and parking is at anglers own risk. The upper area is safer as far as this is concerned as no animals are in this area.

Location is above Eals and below Smalesmouth look for a small sign Ridley Stokoe on the left. The lower boundary is the incoming stream. There is a metal barrier on the left hand side of the road B6320 approaching Falstone and Kielder- look for this. Signs will be erected on the beat.

ANGLERS WHO DO CLEAR ANY SCRUB , BUSHES OR BRANCHES SHOULD MAKE SURE THEY ARE DRAGGED AWAY FROM ACCESS PATHWAYS WHICH AT PRESENT ARE STILL RATHER INDISTINCT. DO NOT DUMP THEM IN THE RIVER!

Any feed back from members would be gratefully appreciated as well as reporting of fish catches. Please keep a record of brown trout caught too. There are some good brown trout in the stretch having been a haven for some time. Brown trout enthusiasts may well fine this area productive as far a sport is concerned.

Please remember that fishing is fly only or spinning baits. No bait fishing is allowed.

Any queries just ask.

MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE THAT ANGLERS WISHING TO FISH THE ETTRICK MUST BOOK IN WITH JOHN MEDLEY. DETAILS ON PAGE 2 OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP BOOKLET.

TAS VACANCIES

Tyneside Anglers Syndicate has three vacancies available at present. Interested anglers should contact davecarrickryton@hotmail.com or ring 01914133789 for details.

Memberships are for twelve months. TAS offers some fine salmon and sea-trout fishing for members. We also have very good potential for wild brown trout and grayling as well as two stocked trout lakes open all year round. All for £270 plus £50 joining fee.

Please scroll down to read our recent posts as well as further info on fishing available.

So far this season we have caught salmon to 17lb 8oz, sea-trout to 9lb and brown trout to 3lb 4oz. Rainbow trout to 5lb plus have also been reported as well as some excellent grayling.

NEW TYNESIDE ANGLERS SYNDICATE FISHING

We have just acquired the Ridley Stokoe beat on the upper  North Tyne. The beat is approximately three quarters of a mile and has several excellent fly streams. It has never been fished or leased before and does need substantial work to open up all possibilities. We hope to begin this work soon to open up access points to the streams and pools. Further working parties will be arranged during the close season.

The fishing is above Eals and below Smalesmouth.  Anglers should look out for a sign on the left for Ridley Stokoe Farm. The beat is situated in a very private location. Parking will be just inside the Farm entrance immediately off the road. Also downstream through a farm gate on the right moving downstream.

The upper limit is just above the farm entrance. There is also possible parking on the grass verges but this may suit 4×4 vehicles. The lower limit is the stream mouth.

Fishing for Tyneside Anglers Syndicate members will commence on Friday 1st September. There is no booking necessary and the fishing is seven days a week. In the unlikely event that extra members turn up anglers will need to take turns and cast and step. You are welcome to remove scrub and overhanging branches or bushes but not large trees. All help will be gratefully received.

All salmon and sea-trout caught should be reported to David Carrick either by email at davecarrickryton@hotmail.com or tel 0191 4133789 or mobile 07590 411015.

Please also keep a record of the number of visits you have and a log of brown trout caught would be very useful. Any further info contact me on the above. Please note that cars are parked at the anglers own risk.

Enjoy your new fishing!

 

KEEP TO OUR BOUNDARIES

Tyneside Anglers Syndicate have recently agreed to have an exchange of three rods on our Lower Wear fishing with Felling Fly Fishing Club.

Already we have had one problem with a TAS member  straying on to other organisations water.

The Upper boundary is the Wooden Bridge go no further upstream and do not cross over on to the opposite bank. All the fishing is on the right hand bank facing downstream.

Catches have been consistent lately with sea-trout to 9lb and some very fresh run salmon. Please remember to report any salmon or sea-trout catches from our Whiteadder fishing as per your membership booklet.

JULY UPDATE

Sea-trout are now figuring prominently  in catches on our Border Esk, Wear and Tyne fishings. Recent rainfall has seen sport pick up and some nice fish in the 3lb to 8 lb range have been caught. Salmon sport has been slow but the recent rainfall may well see some good catches made. Fish have already made it into the Rede and sea-trout have been running the Lyne.

The Whiteadder in particular has had a slow spring on our beats. The rainfall at the turn of the month may well see some much better sport for members. Members who have caught salmon or sea-trout and not reported them to the secretary should do so.

This is especially so on the Whiteadder where twice yearly returns are required by the Tweed Commission. If you have caught a salmon or sea-trout on the Whiteadder and not reported it please do so as soon as possible to me. email davecarrickryton@hotmail.com or tel 01914133789.

Now the bad news : The Scottish Borders Council do not have boats available this year for us on the Whitedder Reservoir. This is because all but two of their boat fleet were damaged during the winter. We hope that we will be back in business next year.

There are two boats for daily hire from the Scottish Borders Council at a cost of £20 per day.

Please read your membership books especially the rules section etc. Enjoy your fishing and tight lines for your visits.

BORDER ESK UPDATE

We now have the allocation of Buccleuch Estates beats for Tyneside Anglers Syndicate. Mid Irvine House has not been sold as yet so we will have the same beats as last year ie; Lower Irvine House and Mid Irvine House. The Lower Irvine House beat map is in our membership booklet but the Mid Beat is not. Please ignore the other maps ie;  Tower and Hollows as we will not be allocated days on these beats.

For members who have not fished the Irvine House beats the Mid Beat is the House beat above Lower Irvine House. Bookings will be taken from 3rd July by contacting the secretary. For directions etc contact the secretary.

Some nice sea-trout to 5lb have already been caught on our beat at Longwood.

LOW WATER CATCHES

Despite the low water we have had some decent sport with salmon mainly caught on small flies and on floating lines. Darren Jacques landed salmon of 15lb and 11lb on a small fly and lost another at the net at Wylam. David Boyd landed a superb fish approaching 17lb also on a small fly at Wylam as well as a small sea trout of around 1lb 4oz. This was quickly followed by a salmon of 12lb caught by Paul Thompson on a Flying C. Darren Jacques caught an 11lb salmon on a small tube fly at Wylam  On the Whiteadder Paul Neate caught two salmon in the 7lb class on a small Cascade. All fish were carefully returned. An odd sea-trout has been seen and fresh fish are slipping into the river despite the very low flows.

We have completed the second walkway at Little Tosson Lake. Care is needed on the first one as it is still under water slightly with the level having remained high. We hope to have the boats available shortly. If you are looking to go ring the secretary for further details.

Some decent fly hatches have been seen on the Rede.

THE LYNE HAS HAD TWO SPATES ONE OF A METRE AND THE OTHER AROUND 80 CENTIMETRES. THIS SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT IN SOME SEA TROUT.

BORDER ESK HAS ALSO HAD WATER AND FISH HAVE BEEN CAUGHT AT LONGTOWN.

REPORTS FROM THE EDEN SHOW SALMON DOWN AT BEAUMONT.