Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay Salmon Fisheries Board.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay Salmon Fisheries Board.
This is John Milligan's (Chairman of the Tay Salmon Fishery Board) reply to the Article placed in the Scotsman last week and featured on the blog below.

Salmon far from extinct

I am surprised and disappointed by comments that the Tay is being "fished to extinction" and that "the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board is to blame" (your report, 19 November).

Certainly, 2007 has been a disappointing year for the middle, although not the lowest, reaches of the Tay, but I should point out that 2006 was the best year for catches for 12 years, with more spring salmon caught than on any other river in the UK, and that all fish counters showed large numbers of fish in the Tay system. This hardly suggests a river facing "extinction".

The part that the board is playing in trying to regenerate the Garry; the fact over one million salmon raised in our hatchery are stocked out into the Tay and its tributaries each year; the fact several projects, large and small, have been designed to open up reaches of the Tay system that have been impassable to fish for many years; and that measures have been and are being undertaken to improve spawning areas in many of the Tay tributaries, all suggest the board is extremely active in seeking to conserve and improve stocks.

JOHN MILLIGAN, Chairman, Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board, Cromwellpark, Perth


Anonymous said...

keep up the good work,

Anonymous said...

People who fish the Tay know that "Kurt Bayer's" article is rubbish. I don't suppose he knows one end of a fishing rod from the either.
We all know that more needs to be done, but, it will take time, and to all those you think its to late.
Just stay away and those of us who believe will reap the rewards.

Well done Mr Milligan, Dr Summers and the others fighting for the betterment of the great world beating TAY.


Anonymous said...

If your going to run the Tay as a catch and release fishery, why not advertise it as such and price accordingly. Not once in my life have I taken more than 2 fish from any freshwater fishery, but not having the option to take home (and eat) my catch is a turn off, to be honest. How can beats justify increased prices when the service on offer is effectively lessened?

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