Catch reminder to anglers

THE Environment Agency is calling on salmon and sea trout anglers in Northumberland to ensure they send in their catch return before the end of December.

Catch returns provide crucial information for fisheries management as they specify the number of days an angler fished, the methods used, what was caught and whether or not it was released.

The data is important even if they fished, but didn’t catch or if they bought a licence in 2011 but didn’t get round to wetting a line.

The Environment Agency’s Godfrey Williams said: “The statistics help us better understand the numbers of fish returning to spawn in the 70 or so principal salmon and sea trout rivers England and Wales.

“It also helps us more effectively target our work with local fisheries groups to protect and improve stocks.”

“Under-reporting can lead to a false impression of how stocks are performing and could result in unnecessary restrictions on anglers, while over-reporting could lead to stocks being under-protected.”

The forms are available at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/catchreturn and completed forms can be e-mailed to salmon_licensing@environment-agency.gov.uk or posted to the following address: Freepost RRZB-RBXL-AYUB, Fisheries Permitting Team, Environment Agency, Bromholme Lane, Brampton, Cambridgeshire, PE28 4NE.