Byelaw safeguards salmon off Cumbria coast – THE UK Environment Agency has introduced a byelaw to safeguard salmon in Cumbrian coastal waters.
Fishing for salmon and sea trout with nets in waters off a 60-mile stretch of the West Cumbria coast is now illegal.
Fish found in these waters are making their way back from their feeding grounds at sea to the rivers in which they were born in order to spawn. The management of salmon and sea trout fisheries for conservation purposes focuses on individual rivers – but migrating fish in Cumbrian coastal waters could come from a number of sources, including rivers all over Cumbria, south west Scotland and further afield.
Fishing for salmon and sea trout in these waters was previously limited to the use of drift nets. In 2000 the Environment Agency obtained an order which restricted fishing with nets to the existing fishermen for a period of 10 years.
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