An analysis of salmon rod catch data from castle fisheries, River Derwent, 1923-1989.

Ball, M. and Aprahamian, M.W. (1993) An analysis of salmon rod catch data from castle fisheries, River Derwent, 1923-1989. Warrington, UK, National Rivers Authority North West, 74pp. (NRA/NW/FTR/93/13).

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the historical catch record from the Castle Fishery on the River Derwent over the period 1923 - 1989, to determine if changes had taken place in the composition of the catch and to examine the influence of flow on the performance of the fishery. The River Derwent is situated in West Cumbria, North West England. It flows from its source on Scafell Pike (NGR NY 229 089) westwards discharging into the Irish sea at Workington, a distance of 52 km. Over its length it receives water from an additional 214 km of stream, 5 large lakes and approximately 30 small tarns. The catchment drains a total area of 663 km2. The study concludes that through the time period there was considerable variation in catch between years. The trend was for the catch to increase steadily over the period 1923 - 1958, declining rapidly in 1959, after which catches increased steadily reaching a peak in the mid-sixties, before declining towards the end of the decade. During the seventies and eighties catches remained relatively stable at between 300 - 600 salmon per year until 1988 when over 2000 salmon were reported caught, the greatest number in any year over the study period.

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: An analysis of salmon rod catch data from castle fisheries, River Derwent, 1923-1989.
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Ball, M.
Aprahamian, M.W.
Number of Pages: 74
Date: October 1993
Publisher: National Rivers Authority North West
Place of Publication: Warrington, UK
Funders: Environment Agency Archives North West
Contact Email Address: dis@fba.org.uk
Issuing Agency: Environment Agency, UK (Freshwater Biological Association)
Uncontrolled Keywords: England; Derwent Catchment; Rivers; Fishery surveys; Catch statistics; Long-term records; Flow measurement
Subjects: Ecology
Fisheries
Limnology
Item ID: 8057
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2012 12:39
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2012 12:39
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URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/8057

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