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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.

Audrey Jack who landed two tagged fish in a session at Fontburn.
Audrey Jack who landed two tagged fish in a session at Fontburn.
Audrey lands
two tagged
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.

Tyne, Tees and Wear fish count data

THE fish count data from the rivers Tyne, Tees and Wear for September 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

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.

Figures show that 175,498 trout and coarse (T&C) licences were issued, with game anglers buying 6,185 salmon and sea trout (S&S) licences.

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 Watch

FRED. 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 row

FOR 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 on offer.

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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Last updated: 1157 Tuesday October 21 2014.