Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board, has issued the following letter, (quoted as written by TDSFB) ' Request for 100% catch and release.' "The Board has revised the catch and release code for the remainder of the season. Please note we recommend 100% catch and release throughout the season. As you may be aware, this year so far and last have seen decreasing salmon returning to our rivers. We believe as a Board that we must do everything we can to protect these stocks,which is why we are recommending this measure."
TAY CATCH AND RELEASE REGULATIONS + CODE
Numbers of salmon entering the Tay in most months of the year have fallen in recent decades. The decline was most marked among the really early fish, the “springers” which come in during the winter and early spring, but more recently - especially in 2017 and 2018- summer and autumn grilse have shown a sudden fall too. In 2018, spring salmon catches also fell further and this has repeated again in spring 2019. At the start of the 2019 season the Board recommended that all salmon should be released before 1 June and only a very occasional fish should be kept thereafter. However, in view of the spring catches and as a precaution that summer runs follow the recent pattern, the Board is now recommending that all salmon and grilse should be released between 1 June 2019 and the end of the season. The Board is particularly concerned that spring salmon should be protected during their long migration through the main river and into tributaries in the summer and autumn before the eventually spawn. These fish are the most vulnerable to angling exploitation as they are exposed to angling over many months. Exploitation rates of up to 40% can occur in some rivers, studies have shown. It is essential that exploitation of these, and all our salmon and grilse, must be reduced as far as possible. The Board’s Conservation Code has been updated to reflect this.