The spring catch seems to be holding well
up over the past 10 yrs looking at the stats, so that's a bit of good news
While C&R fishing is to be encouraged due to the falling numbers of fish, I find it slightly annoying that the report expresses that it is ‘disappointing’ that only 43% of recreationally caught salmon were returned while reporting a 25% drop in commercial catches just before hand. It’s no wonder recreational anglers are not encouraged when commercials are still allowed to remove so many fish - the far greater impact. So much more is done to protect the bass fisheries that you’d think more would be done for salmon.
To be honest I dont think we as recreational anglers can blame commercial fishermen for the fall in numbers of salmon I know they take a certain percentage of fish every year but there have been commercial netsmen doing this for hundreds if not thousands of years on our estuaries its only in the last 40 years that the numbers of fish have dwindled.anyone who cant see that its modern human living with intensive agriculture and aquaculture and pollution along with commercial nets at sea is blind
Look at how the char quietly disappeared in most loughs because of environmental (eutrophication) pressures. No big fish kill with thousands reported dead, just quietly, when you go looking for them they're not there anymore.
With Bass reducing adult mortality will have a direct impact on future stocks, whereas this is not the case with salmon. Very few salmon spawn successfully and very few adults are required to produce all the smolts a system can feed. If IFI really want more salmon they need to address the real issues: pollution, especially from agriculture, abstraction, obstruction and salmon farming. Closing fisheries or imposing CCR will not create a single extra salmon anywhere.
Agree 100% Loxie, No it won't.
But try telling this to the people hell bent on supporting reductions in tags and even calling for 100% C&R here on the Foyle at the moment.
Turkeys voting for Christmas, twice in the one year
We need full scale environmental change to even stand a chance of fishing in 50 years time
We have suffered a long decline in the West Country and in spite of the obvious damage caused by agricultural pollution the EA's only strategy is to reduce the numbers of people fishing, thus removing the last layer of people who care about our rivers and fish. 25 years ago the Exe was the most productive salmon river in England now catches are about 10% of what they were.
It has but only because game shooting is massive down here and the best tackle shop on the river has become more shooting and less fishing. Other shops are predominantly coarse and or sea fishing.