Fishing Association Conservation Measures & Annual Catches
AFA Conservation Policy for
salmon, sea trout and brown trout
Your attention is drawn to the Environment Agency’s national salmon
byelaws that become law and come into force on 1 January 2019. As part
of new byelaws there is a voluntary catch and release expectation for
salmon caught on the Avon (Devon) to ensure catch and release levels
greater than 90%.
In order to sustain stocks of brown trout and sea trout the committee
urges visiting anglers and members to return 90% of the sea
and 90% of the brown trout caught by them on AFA waters.
The committee hopes that these measures will go some way towards
reversing the decline in salmon and sea trout catches in
The Environment Agency leaflet "Sea Trout Protection and Preservation" is available here ...
There have been good catches of
brown trout in recent years. Since 2008 members have returned 99% of
brown trout caught each year on Association waters.
The committee recommend the following techniques
to ensure that salmon, sea trout and brown trout have the
best chance of surviving:
giving approximate weights for Salmon and Sea Trout with lengths in
inches weight in lbs. is available here ...
- use barbless hooks
- wet your hands before handling fish
- use tackle that is strong enough to bring fish
to hand quickly to avoid overtiring them
- do not remove the fish from the water
- hold the fish facing the current, support it
from beneath until it recovers