Salmon & sea trout fishing on the Severn
Confirmation of Severn Estuary and River Severn Salmon and Sea Trout Protection Byelaws 2021 and Environment Agency (Limitation Of Severn Estuary Lave Net Fishing Licences In England) Order 2021
As someone who has expressed an interest in the salmon protection measures for the River Severn we are informing you about necessary restrictions on salmon and sea trout fishing in the River Severn and its estuary from September 2021.
Following the consultation on the proposed River Severn byelaws and net limitation order which took place in March and April 2021, The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed the Severn Estuary and River Severn Salmon and Sea Trout Protection Byelaws 2021 and Environment Agency (Limitation Of Severn Estuary Lave Net Fishing Licences In England) Order 2021 (NLO). These byelaws are coming into force with immediate effect in order to protect salmon stocks for the remainder of the current rod season, which lasts until 7 October.
The 2020 salmon stock assessment shows stock levels for the River Severn catchment, continue to be significantly below conservation limits with the salmon stock is now assessed as “At Risk”. These declines in numbers means that every fish returned safely could contribute to improving the spawning population.
Reducing the taking of salmon by rods and nets is only one part of the Environment Agency’s larger programme to protect salmon stocks. Actions taken by the Environment Agency and its partners that contribute to protecting salmon stocks include removing barriers, improving water quality and agricultural practices, and addressing unsustainable water abstractions. Actions against these measures will be assessed annually in a Severn Salmon Action plan.
We believe that these regulations are proportionate and necessary to significantly reduce the number of salmon killed via rod or net fisheries and is only one element of fisheries management work designed to support salmon stock recovery.
These regulations are to protect stocks and we urge all to play part in the recovery of those stocks for the future.
Information and details of the byelaws are available at https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/west-midlands/river-severn-net-limitation-order-and-byelaws