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England: Salmon and Sea Trout Byelaws

Following our news update at the end of 2018 on the Environment Agency's proposed byelaws for salmon and sea trout, the byelaws can now be viewed here.

England: Salmon and Sea Trout Byelaws

As the EA's National Salmon Programme Manager told us:

"The key amendment was the withdrawal of byelaw 13 – method restrictions. I have, for your information, summarised the reasons below:

  • We recognised the responses received to the advertising of proposed Byelaw 13, particularly those received from angling clubs and angling representative organisations.
  • England’s rivers are more diverse than Wales and a single set of national byelaws is now felt to be too blunt an approach. Where specific concerns are found, they are better served by existing local byelaws or making new ones at a local and not at a national level.
  • Many angling clubs and river representatives already have well developed salmon angling codes of practice, which are appropriate for their waters. These would be undermined by Byelaw 13.
  • The protections that are sought are likely to be better served by river specific codes of practice that can deliver best practice that reflect the type of fishing on that river.
  • Better support from tackle manufacturers and anglers who felt that implementation of angling method byelaws in 2019 would have given anglers little time to adapt.
  • Many aspects of good practice cannot be effectively delivered by national byelaws as this is too blunt an instrument to deal with river-specific problems.
  • Voluntary approach to be tried first, this in line with Government’s red tape challenge.
  • Keep amended Byelaw 13 in reserve, with potential to revise and implement at mid-term review if codes of practice approach has not seen a satisfactory take up.

Other amendments were changes in season lengths in the NE salmon fishery and some of the rivers listed on Schedule 1 and 2."

In the SACS WIld Fisheries Expert Group response to the EA's public consultation on the proposed byelaws last spring, we stated that the angling method restrictions were "problematic", highlighting the divisive nature of the proposals as well as the lack of robust evidence for imposing the restrictions. It is heartening that the EA has listened to representative organisations including SACS, and that they appear to understand the importance of working effectively with stakeholders.

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