Southern sea trout conservation- update 2

There is a consultation underway regarding net fishing management along the south coast from the Devon/​Dorset border to the Hampshire/​Sussex border including the Isle of Wight. The proposals will potentially affect sea trout and salmon which may be caught as a by-catch’ in nets targeting other fish such as mullet and sea bass. WTT has responded to the consultation and we would urge others to do so in order to protect our valuable fish stocks. 

The consultation is being run by the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) and it closes on 7 December. 

UPDATE: The Angling Trust have produced a good, robust response to this consultation and a press release.

UPDATE 2: The Environment Agency have also written a good response to the consultation.

Sea Trout P Sharman 2 2015
A south coast sea trout pushing up to spawn (photo: Paul Sharman)