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Slight rise in permit for Coquet and Tyne

THERE will be a slight increase in the price of a Northumbrian Anglers' Federation annual permit for the rivers Coquet and Tyne, with the cost of a full salmon permit rising to £135 (up from £105) and that for a concessionary permit going up to £90 (from £70).

Trout permits for the 2015 season will be unchanged at £70, with a concessionary permit remaining the same at £50.

The permit for fishing for coarse fish on the River Tyne will increase by £5 to £35.

Season permits will only be issued to anglers resident in Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne & Wear but visitor permits are available, with a seven-day, all fish, all waters - including the Coquet tidal stretch - permit going up £10 to £150. A one-day ticket will be £60, also up £10.

The visitors' brown trout-only permits are unchanged at £80 for seven days and £20 for one day.

The NAF say the increase in the permit prices is to take into account that there will be no separate £80 ticket for the tidal stretch on the River Coquet.

The federation's website - www.northumbriananglersfed.co.uk - says: "There will be no tidal permit for 2015.

"Alnwick Castle has taken back all waters upriver of Morwick Gate, including the new water at Morwick.

"In return, the federation can now fish from Felton Bridge, south bank only, to just upriver of the Guyzance fish pass. This was formerly known to the anglers as Low Park from Sandy Hole to Guyzance.

"New signage and maps will be updated as soon as possible to show the changes."

The changes can be viewed at www.northumbriananglersfed.co.uk/naf_website_2014_005.htm

The salmon, visitor and coarse permits are only available from the Head Bailiff. No application forms necessary.

To apply for a permit, send cheque for the correct fee and payable to NAF
also enclose SAE at least 9" x 6" (C5) with sufficient postage to Head Bailiff, 15 Woodlands, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7XZ.

Hardy and Greys of Alnwick will present an item of fishing tackle to the winner of the James Hardy sea trout Trophy for 2015.

All federation members will receive a 10% discount on purchases made in the Hardy and Greys Alnwick store on production of a current federation permit, which will be issued soon. 

Modest runs reflected in fish count data for the Tyne, Tees and Wear 

THE modest runs of fish to rivers throughout the UK last year are reflected in figures issued by the Environment Agency that show an increase in the numbers of salmon and sea trout running through its counter on the Wear, a slight dip on the Tyne and a drop on the Tees.

The agency's latest upstream figures show that two fish passed through the Tyne's Riding Mill counter in December, taking the total for the year to 31,223. In 2013, a total of 31,616 were recorded, with 101 going through the counter in December.

The 2014 figure is the eighth highest on record. The top figure since the counter came into operation in June 1996 was 48,668, recorded in 2004.

Although the number of fish passing through the Wear counter at Framwellgate in December was 82 down on the previous year, the overall total was up 839 to 13,185, which is the fourth-lowest since the counter started in November 1994. The highest figure was 27,658 in 1999.

For the past two years - 2013 and 2012 - a total of 1,661 salmon and sea trout passed through the Tees Barrage counter, with 15 fish recorded in December 2012 and 10 in December 2013.

Last year only two fish passed through the counter in December, taking the yearly total to 430, the second lowest since the counter began operation in July 2011. In the six months the counter was working in 2011, 400 fish were recorded.

More salmon and sea trout probably entered the Tees other than through the counter as operational changes at the site opened up other routes into the river system for migratory fish.

The fish count data from the Tyne, Tees and Wear for November is now available on the web.

For the River Wear check https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/river-wear-fish-counts

The River Tyne figures are available on https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/river-tyne-fish-counts

The figures for the River Tees can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/river-tees-fish-counts

Photograph: Environment Agency
Some of the confiscated fishing gear that is to be destroyed.
Some of the confiscated fishing gear that is to be destroyed.

Seven banned for illegal fishing  

SEVEN North-East anglers have been banned from fishing following an undercover operation to crack down on illegal fishing methods, according to an Environment Agency (EA) news release.

The men were caught following a joint operation between the agency and Durham Police on a stretch of the River Wear.

Between April and November, magistrates in County Durham imposed a range of penalties on those caught in the operation, including banning defendants who pleaded guilty to offences under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act from holding rod licences for between 12 months and two years.

Thousands of pounds worth of fishing equipment, which had been confiscated, was also ordered to be destroyed.

The court was told that enforcement officers carried out undercover night-time surveillance which caught a number of men fishing illegally using a method called "stroke hauling - that is, using a hook to impale the fish's body or head.

If any fish had slipped the hook, they could have been left susceptible to diseases and may have even died before reaching their spawning grounds.

Agency fisheries enforcement team leader Kevin Summerson said: "The fines, fishing bans and orders for equipment to be destroyed should send out a warning to all those who are considering breaking angling laws - we could be watching you.

"Poachers are not just taking one or two fish. They are frequently taking large numbers that are often sold on for profit. The methods they use can have a dramatic affect on wildlife and cause serious damage to already threatened fish stocks."

Anyone who has information about illegal fishing, or who is offered fish for sale that they suspect has been obtained illegally, should call the agency's 24-hour hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Recreational bass fishing under scrutiny 

RECREATIONAL fishing for sea bass is likely to come under close scrutiny after the European Commission (EC) announced measures to forestall the collapse of the declining stock. The EC, which is working with the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands to finalise measures to protect the stocks, says all those who fish sea bass, including recreational anglers, should make "a balanced and fair" contribution. Full story: News Round-Up

Pelagic fishermen to land all quota fish 

IN the first phase of the introduction of the wider "discard ban" fishermen targeting pelagic quota species such as mackerel and herring now have to land all the quota fish they catch. Previously fishermen had been required to discard some of their catch before they landed at ports, leading to up to a million tonnes of fish being thrown back into European waters. A ban on the discarding of demersal fish (e.g. plaice, cod and hake) will be introduced between 2016 and 2019. Full story: News Round-Up

Six-month cod ban in Gulf of Maine  

FOR the past two months, a ban on cod fishing - both commercial and recreational - has been in place in the Gulf of Maine from Provincetown, Massachusetts, to the Canadian border in a move to stop the decline of stocks.

The fishing block was introduced after the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration data that said while haddock numbers are up, cod are at 3% to 4% of levels need to sustain the population.

Until the ban expires in May, no fisherman may trawl or use certain larges nets that may catch cod. Accidental catches of cod are limited to 200lb per boat.  

Study looks at effect of Pill on trout levels

A team of researchers from the University of New Brunswick in Canada have been conducting a study in northwestern Ontario into the effects of contraceptives on waterway ecosystems.

The study began after researchers in the UK showed that male fish produced eggs when oestrogen was introduced to their environment. The Canadians wanted determine if there were larger effects on the lake's ecosystem and if the presence of oestrogen would inhibit the ability of the fathead minnow - the main prey of lake trout - to reproduce. See News Round-Up.

Charity competition raises £400 

DESPITE being organised at short notice, last weekend's charity fishing competition at Knitsley Mill in aid of Help for Heroes raised £400, with Tony Fox weighing in the heaviest fish at 10lb 2oz, and Lee Cartmail recording the biggest bag. See Knitsley.

No increase in fishing charges for the Blackwater Lodge and Fishery

THERE will be no increase in fishing charges for the Blackwater Lodge and Fishery, which dropped its prices significantly two years ago to combat the economic climate and to encourage more anglers to visit the Blackwater.

This decision means that for the new season, which starts on February 1, anglers can fish for salmon on the renowned Cork Blackwater for between €15 and €80 per day, depending on the time of year.

According to Fisheries officers, there is an excellent stock of spawning fish on the upper Blackwater. Interestingly, their behaviour this year is unusual in so much that they are running to the spawning grounds and spawning immediately, which is rather early - especially considering the mild winter  to date.

There are no changes to the fishing regulations for the coming season - except that the season will revert to closing on September 30.  

The quota for the river is 5,752, which is the second highest in the country next to the Moy.

Visit www.ireland-salmon-fishing.net/index.htm for more details or to make a reservation for the coming season.

The draft regulations for the 2015 season can be found on www.dcenr.gov.ie/NR/rdonlyres/9C4DC491-0E73-4428-9E19-E7A1AA4AC270/0/WebsiteDraftWildSalmonAndSeaTroutTaggingSchemeRegulations2014101114.pdf 

Rods land 67,468 salmon and grilse

FIGURES issued by Marine Scotland Science show that 67,468 wild salmon and grilse and 16,078 sea trout were landed by rod and line in Scotland in 2013 - the lowest since 2003 and 1952, respectively.

Although the reported rod catch figures was only 76% of the previous five-year average, the 53,936 wild salmon and grilse released - 92% of spring salmon and 80% of the annual rod catch - was the highest on record.

A total of 77 (0.1%) of farmed salmon and grilse were reported in fish caught by all methods, with the North West and West regions accounting for the majority (68, or 88%) of these.

The total number of finnock/whitling/herling - sea trout that have spent less than a year at sea before returning to rivers - brought to the net in 2013 was 9,293, which was up 34% on the previous five-year average. Of these 90% were returned

Of the 16,078 sea trout landed by rod and line, 12,423 (or 77%) were returned, which is the highest proportion since such records began 20 years ago.

The status of Scottish salmon and sea trout stocks - based on rod catches and information from fish counters and fixed traps - is updated every April.  

The latest report can be downloaded at www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/marine/Publications/publicationslatest/Science/MSSR

Photo: George Macintyre
 Sailing from Newcastle, the Boudicca will visit the unspoiled town of Skjolden.
Sailing from Newcastle, the Boudicca will visit the unspoiled town of Skjolden.

Get closer to your destination 

FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) has launched its Get closer with Fred. brochure, which highlights the factors that make cruising onboard its fleet of four smaller, more intimate ships so special.

All the cruise holidays featured - with durations of between seven and 14 nights, and prices starting from £91 per person, per night - offer inspirational experiences, such as fjord cruising in Norway's spectacular Lysefjord and visiting beautiful Seville in Spain, where the shallow-draughted Braemar can sail right into the heart of the city centre.

Cruises featured in the brochure include the Boudicca's nine-night D1520 The Greatest Fjords of Norway cruise, sailing from Newcastle on September 11, with prices from £999 per person. Full story on Travel 2. More FOCL news on Travel

Watch Lewis Hamilton in Monaco

AS part of the Boudicca's 15-night D1511 Film Stars & Fast Cars cruise around the south of France and Spain, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
(FOCL) is offering guests the opportunity to take in the Monaco Grand Prix where recently-crowned double world champion Lewis Hamilton will be defending his title in 2015 when the cruise calls at Nice.

Prices for the Cruise & Grand Prix package start from £2,148 per person.

Full story Travel. More FOCL news Travel 2

Informing and inspiring show guests

FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines
(FOCL) will have a team of experts on hand on stand B22 at London Cruise Show 2015 at Olympia on Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15, ready to inspire and inform visitors about the right kind of Fred. Olsen cruise for them.

The show will be held from 10am to 5pm on the Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on the Sunday, and provides a showcase for the cruise industry, giving visitors interested in cruising a flavour of the different types of cruise holidays available.

Full story Travel 2 more FOCL news on Travel.

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Last updated 1800 Sunday January 25, 2015