The proposed Lune net limitation order 1999 and associated byelaws

Environment Agency North West (1999) The proposed Lune net limitation order 1999 and associated byelaws. Preston, UK, Environment Agency North West, 19pp.

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The River Lune rises in the hills around Tebay in thje North of England and runs through rural farming country to Morecambe bay. It is generally considered as a river of high purity and unspoiled nature. The salmon fishery was at one time considered amongst the best in England and Wales, with very high catches to both rod and net fishermen. During the late 1960's the disease UDN decimated the stock. Since then there has been a recovery of the stock, but this is considered by most anglers and netsmen to be a partial recovery of some of the previous stock components. In recent years anglers and netsmen have voiced their concerns over the Lune stock and have lobbied for action to improve the Lune fishery. This net limitation order (NLO) and the separate byelaw in conjunction with habitat improvement are proposed as part of the strategy for future conservation and management of this salmon fishery. The fishery is currently exploited by 37 licensed netsmen, the highest number of any single estuary in England and Wales. There are 26 haaf, 10 drift and 1 seine nets available. Current estimates of the rod fishery are that 1100 to 1400 anglers fish 14 000 days per year. The River Luhe is one of the few rivers within England and Wales that has the benefit of an accurate fish counter. The counter is at Forge Weir approximately 4 km upstream of the tidal limit. The counts, together with records of the catches from the rod and net fishery, enable a reasonably accurate assessment of both rod and net exploitation. Extensive surveys of the juvenile population, carried out in 1991 and 1997, provide additional information. The purpose of this document is to describe and explain the current state of the salmon population in the River Lune and in doing so, demonstrate the current need for stock conservation. A second purpose is to demonstrate that the proposed NLO and byelaw package should allow the salmon population to reach its conservation target (spawning escapement target).

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: The proposed Lune net limitation order 1999 and associated byelaws
Corporate Creator/Author: Environment Agency North West
Number of Pages: 19
Date: March 1999
Publisher: Environment Agency 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; Lune catchment; Salmo salar; Salmo trutta; Rivers; River fisheries; Salmon fisheries; Fishery surveys; Net fishing; Stock assessment; Juveniles; Fishery regulations
Subjects: Conservation
Item ID: 8062
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2012 12:28
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2012 12:29
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