Emergency measures introduced to protect UK salmon stocks
Category: News Release
Jun 19th, 2019 by Keith Worrall 212
Modified Jun 19th, 2019 at 11:32 AM
An emergency bylaw to protect salmon in the River Severn and its estuary has been introduced by the United Kingdom’s Environment Agency after a review of recent data showed a significant reduction in the stock.
Under the new measure that took effect on 15 June, 2019, draft-net and putcher fishing in the Severn estuary is prohibited, while lave-net fishing is to operate on a catch-and-release basis only. The bylaw also makes catch and release for rod-and-line fishing compulsory on the whole of the Severn for the remainder of the current rod season, which lasts until 7 October.
The move to protect this salmon population comes after figures on the stock levels for the Severn, Wye, and Usk showed numbers were extremely low