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May 28, 2018

New salmon and sea trout protection byelaws for the Solway, Border Esk and River Eden rod fishery


The new regulations for salmon and sea trout protection on the Solway, Border Esk and River Eden rod fishery have been approved.

 

The Environment Agency undertook a public consultation on proposed new fisheries regulations, which were designed to protect the salmon and sea trout stocks, for the above fisheries in January and February 2018. The Environment Agency submitted its case to DEFRA in April of this year.

 

The new byelaws which will be in place for 10 years are:

 

Byelaws for the Solway Firth Haaf Net Fishery:

- A daily close period from midnight to 6am (previously 10pm to 10am);

- Mandatory catch and release of all salmon (in the previous licence conditions limited this to 10 salmon killed per licencee);

- Limit of 420 sea trout killed per season (shared amongst licencees);

- Removal of the weekly close period (Saturday and Sunday) to allow netting to take place at the weekend from 6am through to midnight.

 

Rod fishery byelaws for the Border Esk and River Eden:

- Mandatory catch and release of all salmon;

- A limit of 4 sea trout per season per angler on the Border Esk;

- A limit of 2 sea trout per season per angler on the River Eden;

- Requirement to return all female sea trout caught on or after 10th September up to and including 30th September on the Border Esk and River Eden.

 

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Solway Firth Partnership