Severn Salmon fishing emergency byelaw

Under paragraph 3 of Schedule 27 to Water Resources Act 1991,  an emergency byelaw to protect salmon in the River Severn and its estuary was implemented on the 14th June 2019. A review of recent data showed a significant reduction in salmon stock levels in the Severn.

Under the emergency byelaw, which will came into force on the 15th June 2019, draft net and putcher fishing in the Severn estuary will be prohibited.  Lave net fishing will operate on a catch and release basis only. The emergency byelaw will also make catch and release for rod and line fishing compulsory on the whole of the Severn for the remainder of the current rod season, which lasts until 7th October 2019.

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