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
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
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.
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.
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 FisheryTHERE 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
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 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
|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
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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 &
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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.
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
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