Water & Marine: Freshwater fisheries

These regulate angling and include provisions on conservation and sustainable exploitation of freshwater and migratory fish (salmon, trout, eel); and the use of alien and locally absent species in aquaculture.

We want to hear your views on how we could reduce regulatory burdens, and improve implementation of these regulations to ensure that we can deliver enhanced access to freshwater fish stocks whilst safeguarding delicate ecosystems in the most effective way.  For example, could the Salmon and Migratory Trout (Prohibition of Fishing) Order and Amendment Orders and Variations; the Salmon and Migratory Trout (Restrictions on Landing) Order and Amendment Orders and Variations; the Salmon and Migratory Trout (North-East Atlantic) Order; and the Salmon and Migratory Trout (Enforcement) Order be merged into one instrument to encourage compliance?

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Prohibition of Keeping of Live Fish (Crayfish) Order 1996

Order prohibits the keeping of any species of crayfish other than the native species, opotamobius pallipes except under authority of a licence granted by the Minister.

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Domestic regulation

Prohibition of Keeping of Live Fish (Crayfish) (Amendment) Order 1996

Order amends the Prohibition of Keeping of Live Fish (Crayfish) Order 1996 by substituting a new Schedule for the Schedule to that Order.

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Domestic regulation

Prohibition of Keeping or Release of Live Fish (Specified Species) (Amendment) (England) Order 2003

This Order amends the Prohibition of Keeping or Release of Live Fish (Specified Species) Order 1998 by providing that the Secretary of State is to be the licensing authority in respect of the prohibition in the Order.

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Salmon and Migratory Trout (Enforcement) Order 1973

Order replaces the Salmon and Migratory Trout (Enforcement) Order 1972. It confers upon British sea-fishery officers specified powers necessary for the enforcement of specified legislation relating to salmon and migratory trout

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Salmon and Migratory Trout (North-East Atlantic) Order 1972 (1973)

Order prohibits fishing for salmon and migratory trout in the whole of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Convention area outside the fishery limits of the British Islands

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Salmon and Migratory Trout (Prohibition of Fishing) Order 1972 (1973)

Order prohibits fishing for salmon or migratory trout in waters comprising almost all that part of the fishery limits of England and Wales which lies between 6 and 12 miles from the base lines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured.

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Salmon and Migratory Trout (Prohibition of Fishing) (No 2) Order 1972 (1973)

Order prohibits fishing for salmon or migratory trout, by drift-net, trawl net, seine net, troll or long-line in a specified area off the coast of Scotland and the Tweed, inside the fishery limits of the British Islands

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Salmon and Migratory Trout (Prohibition of Fishing) Amendment Order 1975

Order adds to the specified methods of fishing for salmon and migratory trout prohibited by the Salmon and Migratory Trout (Prohibition of Fishing) (No. 2) Order 1972 a further method, namely the method of fishing with any other gill nets, in addition to

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Salmon and Migratory Trout (Prohibition of Fishing) (Variation No 2) Order 1983

This order varies the Salmon and Migratory Trout (Prohibition of Fishing) (No. 2) Order 1972 by removing the time limit at the end of which that Order was to expire.

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Salmon and Migratory Trout (Prohibition of Fishing) (Variation) Order 1983

Order varies the Salmon and Migratory Trout (Prohibition of Fishing) Order 1972 and the Salmon and Migratory Trout (North-East Atlantic) Order 1972 by removing the time limit at the end of which those Orders were to expire.

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Salmon and Migratory Trout (Restrictions on Landing) (Variation) Order 1983

Order varies the Salmon and Migratory Trout (Restrictions on Landing) Order 1972 by removing the time limit within which that order was to expire.

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Salmon and Migratory Trout (Restrictions on Landing) Order 1972

Order prohibits the landing in Great Britain of salmon and migratory trout caught in certain waters specified in the Order.

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Salmon and Migratory Trout (Restrictions on Landing) Amendment Order 1975

Order adds to the specified methods of fishing for salmon and migratory trout defined in the Salmon and Migratory Trout (Restrictions on Landing) Order 1972 a further method, namely the method of fishing with any other gill nets. That Order prohibits the

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Licensable Means of Fishing Order 2010

Order specifies additional means of fishing for the purposes of section 25(1A)(c) of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975.

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Prohibition of Keeping or Release of Live Fish (Specified Species) Order 1998

Order prohibits the keeping or release in England and Wales of any species of fish specified in the Schedule to the Order, except under authority of a licence granted by the Minister

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Domestic regulation

Eels (England and Wales) Regulations 2009

Regulations implement Council Regulation (EC) No 1100/2007 establishing measures for the recovery of the stock of European eel

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EU regulation

Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975

An Act to consolidate the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1923 and certain other enactments relating to salmon and freshwater fisheries, and to repeal certain obsolete enactments relating to such fisheries.

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Salmon Act 1986

An Act to make provision for the administration of salmon fisheries in Scotland; to provide as to the licensing and regulation of salmon dealing in Scotland and in England and Wales; to provide for certain offences in the law of Scotland, England and Wale

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Import of Live Fish (England and Wales) Act 1980

An Act to restrict in England and Wales the import, keeping or release of live fish or shellfish or the live eggs or milt of fish or shellfish of certain species.

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The Alien & Locally Absent Species in Aquaculture (England and Wales) Regulations 2011

These regulations provide for the implementation and enforcement of Council Regulation (EC) No 708/2007 concerning use of alien and locally absent species in aquaculture.

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EU regulation

Eels (England and Wales) Amendment Regulations 2011

Implement EU Regulation 1100/2007 establishing measures for recovery of stock of European eel

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EU regulation

The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (Amendment) Regulations 2011

This covers Section 232 on keeping, introduction and approval of fish. Provides powers to make regulations to prohibit or provide permits for these activities

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Domestic regulation

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11 responses to Water & Marine: Freshwater fisheries

  • Anthony G Britton said on February 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    We in Cumbria on the R Eden are subject to rules which require every female salmon caught on rod and line, to be returned to the river AFTER the 9th of september. During the consultation the general feeling within local anglers was that regardless of the outcome of any alleged consultation the EA had already decided what they were going to impose on us . i and many others urged the law makes to set in place a voluntary return of these fish and to TRUST the anglers to do this. we already have a catch and return effort in excess of that hoped for by the EA. inevitably some hooked and fairly landed females DIE before they can be returned. A dead hen salmon can not spawn or contribute anything to the river. As a regular fisher during this time it grieves me to see dead females floating past to appease the EA who will not trust us to use common sense . And they back up their bad legislation with a swingeing fine.

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