An investigation of the recaptures rates for tagged brown trout stocked into the River Ribble

Clifton-Dey , D. and Walsingham, M. (1996) An investigation of the recaptures rates for tagged brown trout stocked into the River Ribble. Preston, UK, National Rivers Authority North West, 20pp. (EA/NW/FTR/96/08).

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The angling season for non-migratory brown trout, in the Environment Agency (EA) North West Region, runs from March 15th to September 30th. Each year, large numbers of farm reared brown trout are stocked into the rivers of the North West Region's Central Area. In 1994, approximately 20,000 brown trout were introduced into the River systems of the Lune, Wyre and Ribble by local angling clubs and fishery owners. Most of these fish were stocked at a length greater than that defined by local byelaws as the takeable size (200mm). Introductions are made to supplement the existing wild brown trout populations within the river and increase the probability of an angler catching a fish. Stocking with fish of a sufficient length allows the successful angler to remove the catch for their own use. In this way, stretches of the rivers are effectively managed as "put and take" fisheries for brown trout. A number of brown trout fingerlings are also introduced each year by angling clubs and fishery owners. These are stocked with the expectation that the fish will survive in the river to grow, over-winter, and eventually attain a takable size with an increased degree of "wildness". The lower cost of fingerlings, as opposed to trout of a takable length, makes their introduction more attractive to angling clubs since a greater number can be stocked for a given cost. Although the practise of stocking brown trout has occurred for many years in the Central Area, there is little information of its success in terms of increasing anglers catches, or the survival offish introduced. This study was initiated to determine the recapture rates by angling of brown trout following their introduction into a river fishery. The information gained from this study can then be used to give guidance to angling clubs and fishery owners on the optimal strategies for stocking fish.

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: An investigation of the recaptures rates for tagged brown trout stocked into the River Ribble
Personal Creator/Author:
Clifton-Dey , D.
Walsingham, M.
Number of Pages: 20
Date: August 1996
Publisher: National Rivers Authority North West
Place of Publication: Preston, UK
Funders: Environment Agency Archives North West
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Issuing Agency: Environment Agency, UK (Freshwater Biological Association)
Uncontrolled Keywords: England; Ribble Catchment; Salmo trutta; Rivers; River fisheries; Salmon fisheries; Fishery surveys; Angling; Stocks; Stock assessment; Stocking (organisms)
Subjects: Ecology
Item ID: 7999
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2012 22:01
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2012 22:01
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