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Avon 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 trout 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 recent years.

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 the 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:

  • 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
A table giving approximate weights for Salmon and Sea Trout with lengths in inches weight in lbs. is available here ...
Richard Kenyon wih salmon caught below Kerrydown's Bridge

catch and release survival rates
           

 
Annual catches from 1974 to 2017
(Percentage returned shown in brackets)

Year     Salmon     Sea trout     Brown trout

2017 8 (100%) 21 (81) 470 (100)

2016 11 (72%) 47 (78%) 727 (99.8%)

2015 7 (70%) 34 (88%) 883 (99.9%)

2014 8
(100%)
90
(74%)
653
(99%)

2013 10
(70%)
229
(83%)
769
(100)

2012 22
(77%)
73
(72%)
853
(99%)

2011 39
(84%)
56
(72%)
1037
(99%)

2010 52 (79%) 71 (62%) 858 (99%)

2009 16 (75%) 86 (60%) 616 (99%)

2008 19 (68%) 26 (62%) 779 (99%)

2007 15 (80%) 17 (35%) 1007 (99%)

2006 45 (67%) 46 (35%) 359 (91%)

2005 29 (52%) 96 (39%) 436 (98%)

2004 31 78 446

2003 12 121 273

2000 5 133 110 (24%)

1998 28 119 87

1996 19 86 98

1985 17 108 239

1984 8 189 368

1983 11 116 584

1982 9 312 443

1981 5 60 635

1980 5 158 569

1979 4 161 538

1978 5 139 571

1977 4 201 523

1976 4 157 541

1975 * 2 * 240 not available

1974 * 8 * 61 not available

Note: * data supplied for whole river by SWWA