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%) of these.
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
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
|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.
|Go in search of the Northern Lights with Fred. Olsen.
In search of the Northern LightsFRED. 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
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.
|Photo: George Macintyre
| Sailing from Newcastle, the Boudicca will visit the unspoiled town of Skjolden.
Get closer to your
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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