Anglers have the opportunity to respond to the proposed new bye laws before they are finalised, We would strongly urge all anglers to familiarise themselves with the proposals and respond if you feel it necessary. Please remember, if you do not wish to respond it is still important to be familiar with the new byelaws in readiness for their launch.
Once the proposals are finalised it will be too late.
Objections / support must be received no later than the 12 April 2018.
Please use the link above to respond
To help we have produced (below) a guide to the proposals.
Proposed bylaws following EA consultation.
• Maintain the existing measures aimed at protecting spring salmon for a further 10 years.
• Closure of all drift net ﬁsheries from 2018.
• Require the release of all salmon caught in the River Lune Haaf Net Fishery, Anglian and Southern Coastal Fisheries form 2018.
• Close the seine and drift net ﬁsheries on the Rivers Exe, Tamar, Tavy, Lynher, Carnel, Taw and Torridge from 2019.
• Shorten the ﬁshing season and require the release of all salmon caught in the seven and drift net ﬁsheries on the Rivers Teign, Dart, Fowey and Poole Harbour from 2019.
• Shorten the ﬁshing season, amend ﬁshing areas and require the release of all salmon caught in the North East Coast T and J Net Fishery from 2019.
• Require the release of all salmon caught from the lave net ﬁsheries of the Rivers Kent and Leven from 2019.
• Require the release of any salmon caught by rod and line from the Rivers Lune, Ribble, Tees, Crake, Dorset Stour, Yealm, Cumbrian Derwent, Plym, Wyre and Calder to be returned for the full salmon ﬁshing season from 2018.
• Require the return of all salmon caught by rod and line from the rivers that have salmon populations that do not have minimum safe spawning levels set for them to be returned for the full salmon ﬁshing season starting from 2018.
• Prohibition of some ﬁshing hooks and trebles when ﬁshing for salmon and sea trout in England and the Border Esk from 2019.
All the above come into eﬀect from 2018 and 2019 seasons and will last for a period of 10 years. There will be a review period in 2023 and any changes applied if required.
Brief summary into how the proposed bylaws will aﬀect the Rod and Line Angler from 2018.
All the above will come into force for the 2019 season. Gape size for hooks is measured from the point of the hook to the shank as shown below.
However care should be taken into account to accommodate hook manufacturers sizing as this can be signiﬁcantly diﬀerent from one brand/ style of hook to another. The key element in any hook being used is the gape size.
Should anglers wish to object to any of these proposed byelaws you have until 8th April 2018 to register any objection. This can be done at the at the following link.
Proposal How will this aﬀect me as an Angler Barbed/Barbless Hooks No impact – The EA feels that this would be diﬃcult to enforce and as such better promoted through Catch and Release Best Practice Treble Hooks All lures including Rapala type lures will need to be ﬁshed with ONE single hook – with a maximum gape size of 13mm
Restrictions when using treble hooks with ﬂies – treble hook with a maximum gape size of 7mm Restrictions when ﬁshing with prawn or shrimp-
Single, double or treble hook with a maximum gape size of 7mm Fly Fishing No proposed restrictions in relation to the use of Double or Single hooks.
Treble Hooks to have a maximum gape size of 7mm.
The current ruling in relation to nighttime ﬁshing will still apply i.e. ﬁshing with natural or artiﬁcial ﬂy with each hook not exceeding 10mm in diameter. Circle Hooks No impact, local rules more eﬀective. Flying ‘C’ Single hook with a maximum gap size of 13mm Mandatory use of a Landing Net/ mesh size of landing nets This is not to be introduced as a byelaw, but the promoting of the use of a landing net as part of the Catch and Release Best Practice.
Proposed Catch and Release Figures for North East Rivers
Proposed catch and release ﬁgures for the River Wear will be 80%, this is based on the current level of C&R gathered from catch returns. This ﬁgure will however be under review and liable to change should the proposed C&R numbers not be met
Proposed eﬀect on the Coastal Net Fisheries
With immediate eﬀect the drift net ﬁshery oﬀ the North East Coast has been closed, this was originally scheduled to close from 2022. So given that there will be a 5 year review the drift net ﬁshery has in essence now closed.
From 2019, the T and J net ﬁsheries will have a reduced season they will be allowed to ﬁsh from March 26th to May 31st. The current season runs through June, July and August. In addition to this all nets must be attended and ALL salmon caught must be released.
The nets will also be removed from the conservation areas oﬀ the mouths of the Tyne and Coquet.
2018 2019 and beyond 2023 – 5 Year Review Period
Drift Net Fisheries (which were scheduled for removal from 2022)
Immediate removal of all drift nets from the North East Coast
No Drift Nets oﬀ the North East Coast
No Drift Nets oﬀ the North East Coast
T and J Net Fisheries Nets to remain unchanged for this year. With the season running as previous years from June to August.
Reduced season running from March 26th to May 31st.
ALL nets must be attended and ALL Salmon caught must be released.
Night time ﬁshing prohibited.
Removal of Nets from Conservation Areas.
Option to review state of ﬁshery