Sal­mon in hot wa­ter

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - LETTERS -

If sal­mon fish­ery boards are as con­ser­va­tion-minded as they would have us believe, why do they not close their rivers to an­gling when the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture reaches, say, 60 deg F? (Look­ing at Fish­pal in early July I see the Tweed’s wa­ter tem­per­a­ture is 63 deg F). I believe the Hamp­shire Avon or­ders the ces­sa­tion of fish­ing when the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture reaches a cer­tain level but I know of no other river that does so. Play­ing a sal­mon in warm wa­ter, only to re­turn it, will do the fish no good at all and there will doubt­less be hun­dreds of ca­su­al­ties if this hot weather con­tin­ues. Wild­fowlers face a shoot­ing ban when there has been a pe­riod of se­verely cold weather, so why not sal­mon fish­er­men dur­ing a pe­riod of hot weather? Ri­par­ian own­ers will no doubt be in­fu­ri­ated by my sug­ges­tion, pre­fer­ring to pocket their ten­ants’ money, but if they are se­ri­ous about con­serv­ing stocks some­thing ought to be done. I would be in­ter­ested to hear what other read­ers think. Hugh Wil­son, North York­shire

Play­ing and re­turn­ing a sal­mon in warm wa­ter will do the fish no good at all. How many sur­vive?

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