Still­wa­ter salmon

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - NEWS & VIEWS -

ALAN Wells asked about the stock­ing of salmon into still­wa­ters [Let­ters, TF511]. It has not been pos­si­ble to ac­quire cagereared live salmon for many years and the only source has been to rear the fish wholly from eggs in a fresh­wa­ter en­vi­ron­ment. Un­til re­cently, this was be­ing done at only

one lo­ca­tion, Palm Springs in Lin­colnshire, the last of whose stock were moved to Eller­dine, who have also now taken on the equip­ment to rear their own salmon. There’s noth­ing ‘wrong’ in do­ing this as it is just an­other species be­ing reared for re­stock­ing, same as rain­bows, browns, tigers etc. None of these can ever truly com­pare to wild-bred fish although fish farm­ers do a re­mark­able job. It’s what we have and if fish­ing for wild-bred salmon is beyond most peo­ples’ op­por­tu­nity or pocket then the rear­ing and stock­ing of them into a still­wa­ter is the next-best op­tion. Peter Cock­will, by email

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