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Title: Salmon action plan consultation : River Ribble, September 1999
Author: Environment Agency North West Region
Document Type: Monograph
This is the Salmon Action Plan consultation of the River Ribble. England and Wales. These objectives (below) are primarily aimed at securing the well being of the stock but in doing so, will strive to improve catches and any associated economic returns to the fisheries: Optimise the number of salmon returning to homewater fisheries; Maintain and improve the fitness and diversity of salmon stocks; Optimise the total economic value of surplus stocks; Ensure the necessary costs are met by beneficiaries. These four objectives will be addressed through local Salmon Action Plans (SAPs) which will be produced for each of the principle salmon rivers in England and Wales by the year 2001. Each plan will review the status of the stock and the fisheries on a particular river, seek to identify the main factors limiting performance, draw up and cost a list of options to address these, and consult with local interest groups. The River Ribble is one of the most heavily fished rivers in England and Wales, with historically high catches of salmon by both rods and estuarine nets. Over recent years net catches have reduced dramatically and most anglers and netsmen perceive that the Ribble salmon stock has declined. The target egg deposition rate for the River Ribble, which should produce the maximum number of surplus fish returning to the system, has been estimated at 8.5 million salmon eggs. This will require 2,932 adult salmon to escape capture by rods and nets and survive to successfully spawn. Under current rates of rod and net exploitation, the target egg deposition will occur at a declared rod catch of 1,211 salmon and a declared net catch of 335 salmon.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1999
Publication Place: Warrington
Subject Keywords: RiversSalmon Action PlansConsultation
Geographic Keywords: EA North WestRibbleRibble catchment
Extent: 46
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