Rods land 67,468 salmon and grilseFIGURES 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%)
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%
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.
report can be downloaded at www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/marine/Publications/publicationslatest/Science/MSSR
|Don Coe, left, and Alistair Baker with the WaterAid trophy.
and Alistair take the honours 'at the home of English competition fly-fishing'
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.
|Audrey Jack who landed two tagged fish in a session at Fontburn.
fish in session
AUDREY Jack left Fontburn £400 better off,
after landing two tagged fish in a session at Fontburn Reservoir.
There are now four tagged fish left in the reservoir - and Audrey has promised to let someone else have a go
at landing them them. See also NWL.
181,683 rod licences issued in 2013
FRESHWATER anglers in the Environment Agency's North East region paid more than £3.41m in rod licence fees in 2013.
that 175,498 trout and coarse (T&C) licences were issued, with game anglers buying 6,185 salmon and sea trout (S&S)
A total 72,500 full T&C licences at £27 each brought in £1,957,500, while 2,615 full
S&T licences at £72 raised £188,280.
In addition to the full S&T licences, there were 207 disabled
concessions at £48 each, 1,246 one-day licences (£8), 335 eight-day licences (£23), 415 junior concessions
(£5) and 1,279 senior concessions (£48) issued.
There were also seven upgrade disabled, 61 upgrade
full, two upgrade junior and 18 upgrade senior but no cost was available online for these.
But the real moneyspinner
was the trout and coarse licence, where, in addition to the full licences, 6,955 disabled concession at £18 each, 60,364
one-day licences (£3.75), 5,826 eight-day licences (£10) and 9,936 junior concessions (£5) were issued.
North MPs visit FOCL's Black WatchFRED. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) welcomed a delegation of VIPs on a visit to its 804-guest cruise
ship, Black Watch, on her turnaround call at the Port of Tyne, Newcastle, before departing on a 10-night European
Capitals & Waterways cruise to Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Oslo.
The visit to Black Watch was hosted jointly
by FOCL, the Port of Tyne, and the UK cruise industry's trade organisation, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
Those attending included North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon, South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck and a number of key travel agents
and media partners. Full story and photograph on Travel 2, more FOCL news on Travel
Best cruise line - five times in a rowFOR the fifth consecutive year, FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) has being voted Best Cruise Line by readers of leading
travel title, Group Leisure magazine.
Having seen off competition from Norwegian Cruise Line, Saga Cruises and
Viking River Cruises, FOCL was recognised at a special awards ceremony on 24 September. The award recognises the
very best groups cruise experience, from the initial booking process to onboard facilities, and the quality of excursions
The Group Leisure Awardswere first established in 1997, and are voted for by active group travel
organisers from sports and social clubs, retired associations, special interest societies and other groups, on what they consider
to be the best groups experience across 21 categories.
TheGroup Leisure award follows hot on the heels of
FOCL's success at the Cruise International Awards 2014, where it was voted Best for Enrichment
for the third time, having previously won it in 2011 and 2012
Full story Travel, more FOCL news on Travel 2
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