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Avon Fishing Association Conservation Measures & Annual Catches

Conservation measures for salmon and sea trout

In order to sustain fish stocks the AFA committee urges members to follow a recent Environment Agency recommendation to return 70% of the salmon and 70% of the sea trout caught by them on AFA waters.

This is an achievable target because in 2008, 68% of the salmon, and 62% of the sea trout caught on Association waters were returned. 

This measure effectively means that the initial three fish caught should be returned.

The committee hopes that these measures will go some way towards reversing the dramatic decline in sea trout catches in recent years.

The Environment Agency leaflet "Sea Trout Protection and Preservation" is available here ...

In contrast, there have been good catches of brown trout in recent years. In 2008 members returned 99% of the brown trout caught on Association waters.

The committee recommend the following techniques to ensure that salmon 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 2016
(Percentage returned shown in brackets)

Year     Salmon     Sea trout     Brown trout

201611 (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