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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

Don Coe, left, and Alistair Baker with the WaterAid trophy.
Don Coe, left, and Alistair Baker with the WaterAid trophy.
Don and Alistair take the honours 'at the home of English competition fly-fishing'

FOUR people from Northumbrian Water took part in the annual Anglian Water WaterAid fishing match at Rutland, with Alistair Baker and Don Coe taking top honours at "the home of English competition fly fishing".

The NW team of Don Coe, operations manager waterside parks; Alistair Baker, PR and media manager; Brian Lillie, team leader scientific support and Kevin Pick, distribution Maintenance Operative, were supported with a donation from the company's "Cheque it out" fund towards participation in the event.

The day raised the life-saving sum of £8,000 for WaterAid which will transform the lives of almost 550 people by giving them access to clean water and safe sanitation.

Pairs of anglers competed from a 36-strong fishing boat fleet for the coveted title which was won by Alistair and Don, who together weighed in eight heavyweight rainbow trout, several up to 4lb, when other anglers in the competition struggled to catch any fish. All were taken on floating line and dry flies.

Don's five-fish catch also landed him the honour of the best experienced angler on the day.

Paul Valleley, Director of Water Services for host company Anglian Water, complemented the winners when he presented the prizes on his home patch.

Don Coe and Alistair Baker proudly display part of their catch.
Don Coe and Alistair Baker proudly display part of their catch.

Tyne, Tees and Wear fish count data

THE fish count data from the rivers Tyne, Tees and Wear for October is now available on the web.

For the River Wear check

The River Tyne figures are available on

The figures for the River Tees can be found at

litGo in search of the Northern Lights with Fred. Olsen.
Go in search of the Northern Lights with Fred. Olsen.

In search of the Northern Lights

FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) is offering guests the chance to see one of nature's most awe-inspiring sights - the majestic Aurora Borealis this winter on its In Search of the Northern Lights cruises onboard the Black Watch, sailing from Tilbury on December 20 (W1420).

Nasa scientists have predicted that the current period of solar activity will reach a new peak this coming winter and will not return to this intensity for over a decade - meaning that travellers to the far North, over the coming months, will experience the best possible conditions for seeing this spectacular natural phenomenon. 

Onboard either of these very special cruises, guests will see the benefits of cruising on FOCL's smaller, more intimate ships can take guests closer to the destination using intercoastal routes, which larger ships simply cannot access, offering a better opportunity to see the fantastic Northern Lights. Full story Travel. More FOCL new Travel 2.

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 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.

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Last updated 1556 Thursday November 27, 2014