The Environment Agency is urging all salmon and seatrout anglers from across England and Wales to send in their catch returns before the end of the month (Dec 2011).
Reminding anglers how important the information from returns is for fisheries across the two countries, including zero returns, the EA is looking for details on the number of days anglers fished, the methods they used, what they caught and whether or not those catches were returned alive.
“Anglers’ rod catch records provide really important data. The statistics help us better understand the numbers of fish returning to spawn in the 70 or so principal salmon and sea trout rivers England and Wales. It also helps us more effectively target our work with local fisheries groups to protect and improve stocks,” said Godfrey Williams, Environment and Business manager at the EA.
“We want to thank everyone who's already sent in their return, but every angler has a part to play in helping to monitor and protect salmon and sea trout,” he continued. “Under-reporting can lead to a false impression of how stocks are performing and could result in unnecessary restrictions on anglers, while over-reporting could lead to stocks being under-protected.”
To download the Environment Agency form needed to report your catches, click here.
or through the post tot the blow address:
Fisheries Permitting Team,