February 2017 – Specimen Claims

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February claims are now all in, and our Fish Recorder Keith Reed has the following report:
Hi there!
A very quiet month, just six claims in, all shore caught fish. Hope fully next month will see an improvement!
Will update you again in a month.
 
All the best, Keith Reed (Fish Recorder)

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Spring Open 2017 – Results

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89 Seniors and 8 juniors fished yesterday afternoons open, and as predicted by many, the fishing for most was hard going. The match stretch was split  into two zones:
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Red zone from Minehead harbour through the golf links to the left of the chalets. Yellow zone from Dunster right of the chalets, through to the end of Blue Anchor wall.
The results were as follows:

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January 2017 – Specimen Claims

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 Fish Of The Month
January claims are now all in, and our Fish Recorder Keith Reed has the following report:
Hi there!
 
As you can see from the list below, we’ve had another good month. The Blonde Ray has all but disappeared, gone to other waters! We now have some good Spurdogs being claimed.
 Specie that I thought would have shown up more frequently is the Cod. I’ve heard of quite a few being taken, but not of specimen size.
 By now you should have seen the awards winners from last year. All their names, their club and the major award they have won. I hope that all these winners will be at our annual presentation to be presented with the appropriate trophy.

Wrasse – Further Update & What You Can Do

During the last couple of weeks more information has been obtained by Devon and Severn IFCA regarding the emerging Live Wrasse Fishery.
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Background:

It is not illegal to target LIVE wrasse – there is no commercial minimum size or catch limit

Wrasse are required in the farms  at a recommended rate of 1 wrasse to every 20 salmon to control sea lice – in lieu of chemical treatment, which was used in Norway up until a resistance to the treatment built up in 2007/2008 [there was also concern with the chemicals effect on the environment].

The salmon farms are involved with programs “to make themselves self sufficient in  farmed wrasse ” –  The question is WHEN? – this has been said for some time.

There is a relatively small existing commercial interest in wrasse for the table and a larger one for their use as bait for the crab pots.

The mortality rate during transport has apparently been improved

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Wrasse – Update

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Over the last few weeks the DSIFCA officers have been collating what little information is available from the exploitation of live wrasse fisheries in Norway, Ireland, England and Scotland.

As a result, in order to bring in some control of the emerging live wrasse fishery in our area, a consultation document has been issued to holders of potting permits within our area.

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Commercial Wrasse Fishing Crisis

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This is a shocking report on how Scottish salmon farmers are decimating our local wrasse stocks.

Special report by our fisheries officer John May.

Recently I attended a meeting of the DSIFCA Bye Law review committee, of which I am an elected member.

The main purpose of the meeting was to finalise details of the committee’s recommendation to ban all forms of netting within estuaries in our area, excepting sand eel seines with restrictions.

Following this there was a brief presentation from the officers regarding the commercial wrasse fishery, that I as a recreational angler found alarming.

The wrasse has no commercial minimum size and no protection on quota.  I remember in the past seeing piles of good sized wrasse caught by nets, being chopped in half for pot bait at Salcombe. I assume that still happens?

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The new threat is from Scottish salmon farms, who are looking for huge amounts of live fish to use in the farms to combat disease, assumedly by eating the parasites?

The initial information feedback is mind boggling, but probably conservative.

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