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Title: Salmon fisheries in England and Wales
Author: Warwick Ayton
Document Type: Monograph
This report attempts to place the present day management of the salmon fisheries of England and Wales into their historical context. Abuse and neglect have characterised man’s relationship with the salmon from at least the beginning of the industrial revolution and possibly earlier. Rivers were used as open sewers and cheap power sources and the fisheries were indiscriminately exploited but fortunately there came a belated comprehension that action was needed if the salmon was once again to reach its ancestral spawning grounds and enjoy a wholesome water environment. Whatever the current status of salmon stocks may be, it is undeniable that the salmon is currently recovering much of its former range. Certainly a matter for contemplation is the widespread anecdotal ‘evidence’ that river environments, though intensively managed today, are not providing the environmental regimes or naturally generated diverse habitats that once supported salmon stocks in all their abundance and variety. It must be acknowledged however that there are both natural and anthropogenic factors influencing stocks outwith the river environment.
Publisher: Atlantic Salmon Trust
Publication Date: 1998
Publication Place: Pitlochry
Subject Keywords: Salmon fisheriesFishery managementRiver fisheriesFishing methodsFishing netsCatchesFishing rightsAnglingPollutionFish passesIllegal practicesPredation
Geographic Keywords: EnglandWales
Taxonomic Keywords: Salmo salarSalmonidae
Extent: 48
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