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Salmon & Seatrout Byelaws 2018

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 There is a lot of talk about the new rules for Salmon and Seatrout fishing in 2018, but the reality is that these new rules are only at the proposal stage.


  The proposals for anglers next year are as follows:

  • Implementing full catch and release fishing on all net and rod fisheries for salmon
  • Requiring sea trout catch and release in rod fisheries on vulnerable rivers before 1st May
  • Setting a 60cm maximum size limit for sea trout in rod fisheries
  • Implementing method restrictions; banning certain baits and/or lures, barbless hooks only and banning trebles


 The specifics of this are not finalised but the supporting documentation seems to suggest that the use of "Flying C" type lures and the use of worms as bait may be restricted.



The crucial thing is, if you do not respond to these proposals this what they will bring in



What can I do?

The consultation is open until 14/11/17. You must respond using the official response form to [email protected]


or by post using the official response form to:


David Mee,
Salmon and Sea Trout Byelaws,
Natural Resources Wales,
Maes Newydd,
Llandarcy,
Neath Port Talbot SA10 6JQ


The full consultation, response form and supporting documents can be found HERE: Salmon & Seatrout Catch Controls


The official response form is a Microsoft Word document, if you don't have Word or access to a printer we have printed out response forms for you here at Foxons. All you need to do is write your replies and post them off.




The brief overview article from the NRW website says:


We are seeking your views on proposals for a new catch controls.

It is proposed to have the new controls in place for the 2018 season.

Background

The continuing fall in the number of returning adult salmon and sea trout to Welsh rivers has reached unprecedented lows in recent years and now threatens the future of many fisheries.

We are considering a number actions and measures which will help actively manage and reverse these trends. Ensuring both iconic species continue to play a vital role in our environment and culture.

We need to give more adult fish the chance to spawn if we are to ensure the survival of the species in Welsh rivers.

We have already asked anglers and netsmen to voluntarily release the fish they catch, we now feel after reviewing the evidence and liaising with our stakeholders it’s time to introduce further controls on fishing for salmon and sea trout.

The proposed catch controls include all Welsh rivers. We recognise the need for a fully integrated approach for our border rivers, we are working together with the Environment Agency to ensure that this happens in a practical and sensible way and will be subject to a later consultation.

The proposals are in three parts:

  • Net Limitation Order
  • Rod and Line Catch Controls (Byelaws)
  • Border Rivers Catch Controls (Byelaws) (expected consultation late 2017)

The controls would be in place for 10 years, with a comprehensive review into their effectiveness after five years.

The proposals include:

  • Maintaining the same number of net licences in the 13 public salmon and sea trout net fisheries
  • Making consistent the start and end of the net fishing seasons:
    • Shortening the netting season by starting net fisheries no earlier than 1st May
    • Ending the netting season on the 31st July
  • Implementing full catch and release fishing on all net and rod fisheries for salmon
  • Requiring sea trout catch and release in rod fisheries on vulnerable rivers before 1st May
  • Setting a 60cm maximum size limit for sea trout in rod fisheries
  • Implementing method restrictions (bait, barbless hooks and trebles) so that released fish have a good chance of survival (Byelaws)

Duration

Rod and Line Catch Controls statutory consultation on will begin on 22 August 2017 and run until November 14, 2017 

How to respond:

Byelaws

Comments on the consultation on the catch controls byelaws (season length for nets, catch and release, sea trout maximum take size and method restrictions) should be made to Natural Resources Wales.

Comments should be submitted by 14/11/2017, you can submit your comments on the response form in the following ways

By email to [email protected]

By post to:

David Mee,
Salmon and Sea Trout Byelaws,
Natural Resources Wales,
Maes Newydd,
Llandarcy,
Neath Port Talbot SA10 6JQ


Net Limitation Order (NLO)

To respond to the NLO please see The Natural Resources Body For Wales (Limitation Of Net Fishing Licences) Order 2017


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