I wish there were these kinds of studies on the North East Sea trout. They're as special as any salmon IMHO.
Thanks for posting that.
Are there any more recent studies which indicate the percentage of the salmon lost to North east England rivers?
Agree WRT ST but there is nothing AFAIK that attempted to assign net caught ST to rivers.
NEBody helpfully posted the link to the EA ‘consultation’ which provided an estimate of the proportion of Scottish Salmon in the different drift net district catches.
I am pretty sure that somewhere in the consultation documents I found an estimate of 2000 Salmon ‘saved’ from the Tyne through closing the drift nets - I will look through the stuff at some point to see if I remember correctly.
However, to the best of my knowledge, that study, from 1982 is the last attempt to gather primary data from the NE net fishery.
Pretty poor really and IMO all subsequent decisions have been made on the basis of emotion & supposition.
The limiting of the T&J net season will likely be good news for ST and, as I have said before, the ST runs to NE rivers really would benefit from less netting pressure.