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    Default Netting :Consultation potential extension Yorkshire and North East coastal Sea Trout

    Link to consultation on extending NE Coast Sea Trout netting season:

    Potential extension to the Yorkshire and North East coastal sea trout netting season
    - Environment Agency
    - Citizen Space


    'Following the consultation, a summary of all submissions received will be published, and we will make our recommendations for the future management of the net fishery. Any proposals to extend the netting season would require amendments to national and regional fisheries byelaws, formal advertisement and a response to any objections raised. Any byelaw changes we might make would require confirmation by the Secretary of State before they came into effect.Responses to this consultation may be made online at: Oops… email to: jonathan.shelley@environment-agency.gov.ukBy post to me at the address below.If you require any further information, please contact me.📷Yours sincerelyJon Shelley MIEEM CEnvFisheries Programme ManagerNorth East and YorkshireTyneside HouseNewcastle Business ParkNewcastle upon TyneNE4 7AR

    jonathan.shelley@environment-agency.gov.uk
    Mobile: 07979 704281 '

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    I have already registered my concerns. The EA will not consider an earlier start date for the Yorkshire region "to protect fish stocks in a recovering system". We start on the 6th April! The proposal to extend the netting season is hypocritical to say the least.

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    The overview includes the comments shown below, stating that the new design of net had only caught very few salmon, but lots of Sea Trout.

    Could this be because last year had a very poor salmon run, but nothing to do with a superior net design which can differentiate between the two species ?

    Are they jumping to the conclusion that best suits their purposes?

    ' Last year, between June and August 2019, the Environment Agency undertook extensive trials at Amble and Alnmouth in Northumberland, South Shields in South Tyneside and Filey in North Yorkshire of modified nets to determine whether they could be used to catch sea trout preferentially to salmon.

    The trial results proved the nets to be successful in their quest to intercept sea trout, whilst only entangling a small number of salmon. The impact on salmon stocks from the modified nets was very low '.

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    The DEFRA trials during 2019 appeared to prove that the new design of net is significantly less harmful to salmon than traditional ones. It follows that this latest style should be only type permitted to be used for the whole netting season. This could help to minimise harm to the few Spring salmon remaining. Anglers have caught & returned severely marked salmon as well as observing dead & dying ones in our rivers in the late Spring. These fish could well have been damaged by the large bore monofilament mesh of those nets traditionally used for salmon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euclid View Post
    The DEFRA trials during 2019 appeared to prove that the new design of net is significantly less harmful to salmon than traditional ones. It follows that this latest style should be only type permitted to be used for the whole netting season. This could help to minimise harm to the few Spring salmon remaining. Anglers have caught & returned severely marked salmon as well as observing dead & dying ones in our rivers in the late Spring. These fish could well have been damaged by the large bore monofilament mesh of those nets traditionally used for salmon.
    Fair enough. I am a cynic and think the best way of conserving salmon is not to entangle them in nets - but if is proven to work, so be it.

    In general, if it appears that the chance of a sustainable salmon angling fishery is becoming ever more remote and impossible (for reasons beyond our control), why not try and create a world class sea-trout fishery, which we can control - for reasons of geography. Selling these fish for a pittance when dead, seems like throwing the baby out with the bath water.
    Last edited by offshore; 12-02-2020 at 09:15 PM.

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