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Title: Action plan for the management of salmon for the River Test : consultation document
Author: Environment Agency
Document Type: Monograph
The salmon population of the River Test is of national importance as one of only six remaining chalk stream salmon fishery catchments in England. The stock has declined dramatically from an estimated adult run of 4,000 fish in 1975 to 623 fish in 1996. The composition of the stock has also changed with large multiple sea winter salmon (MSW) contributing to a smaller proportion of the stock than historically. The minimum adult run to sustain the current salmon stock is estimated to be about 2000 salmon, giving potential rod catches of about 600 salmon compared with the 146 caught in 1996. A greater MSW component will be required to re-establish the adult run to 1975 levels of 4000 fish. This action plan details the measures considered appropriate for the recovery of the stock to a biologically sustainable level, whilst allowing the continued sport of the salmon fisheries. It is clear from the current state of the stock that impacting factors and mortalities must be minimised, and these are addressed within the plan. Furthering our knowledge of chalk stream salmon has been and continues to be an important part of our work and the Agency recognises the considerable support CEFAS gives to this programme.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1997
Publication Place: Winchester
Subject Keywords: Action plansFishery managementRiversStock assessmentCatchment managementSpawning
Geographic Keywords: Test (river, Hampshire)Hampshire
Extent: 47
Total file downloads: 62

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