NRW proposals for new controls on fishing for salmon and sea trout

Executive summary English Final

We would urge all members and non-members to study the consultation exercise above and respond accordingly

NRW have released the following statement below:

NRW proposals for new controls on fishing for salmon and sea trout

After careful consideration of our evidence and wishing to take full
account of the views we have received during our engagements with
customers and stakeholders, we are now proposing changes to fishing
controls to the salmon and sea trout net and rod fisheries.

We would like to make you aware that we have:

1. Advertised a new Net Limitation Order
2. Launched a statutory consultation on new byelaws for rod and
net fishing

Both processes began on 22 August 17 and runs for 12 weeks.

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)

This is both a complex and, for many a contentious issue. In order to
help you, please find attached the executive summary to our technical
case, summarising our approach.

A full set of documents including the technical case, byelaws, and
response form can be found on our web site http://naturalresources.wales/catchcontrols2017

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us Fisheries.
Wales@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk