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    Default Coarse closed season to remain

    Press release
    Close season retained following public consultation
    The Environment Agency has decided to retain the current coarse fishing close season on English rivers.

    Published 20 August 2019
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    8 Barbel in the water (viewed from above)
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    The decision follows a detailed review of the evidence and responses provided to a public consultation which indicate that removing the close season would pose a risk to coarse fish in some locations.

    The close season for coarse fishing on rivers was introduced in 1878 and is in force from 15 March to 15 June. It aims to reduce risks to spawning fish caused by angling.

    The review also showed that amending the start and end dates of the close season would increase protection for some fish that spawn later but would increase risks for those that spawn early.

    Support among anglers for retaining a close season and removing it is finely balanced. The 8 week public consultation received 13,680 responses with 38.8% of anglers supporting retaining the current close season; 9.2% support retaining a close season, but changing the dates to 15 April to 30 June; and 49.8% support removing the close season altogether. 2.2% were undecided or didn’t respond.

    The responders were invited to provide evidence to support their view and the Environment Agency has assessed that evidence, alongside other considerations, and determined that there is not a case for changing the current close season.

    In addition to the evidence supplied through the consultation, the experience of the Environment Agency’s own fish farm at Calverton has shown that some species, notably Chub and Barbel, form large spawning aggregations that can be very sensitive to disturbance. Where disturbed, spawning females may reabsorb their eggs and defer spawning to the following season rather than spawning elsewhere or later.

    Kevin Austin, Deputy Director of Fisheries at the Environment Agency said:

    “We are really grateful to the people who took the time to respond to the consultation. We have analysed the many comments from the 13,680 responses to understand the evidence and opinions around the close season. Given the limited further evidence on risks to coarse and other fish stocks, we have decided to retain the close season.”

    “We would also like to thank the joint Angling Trust/Institute of Fisheries Management study group for its work to collate, analyse and interpret the available evidence on the close season. This enabled an informed public debate. While the group concluded a more risk-based approach may be possible, our priority is to find the right balance between angling and protecting fish stocks. The current close season is risk-based and maintains protection for the majority of coarse fish.

    “We recognise that some anglers will be disappointed in this outcome, while others will welcome it. This reflects a shared passion for fishing.

    “We will continue, working with partners, to consider any new information on the close season as and when it becomes available.”

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    Default Re: Coarse closed season to remain

    As an advocate of the close season then I welcome the result.
    Last edited by Peter Jacobs; 21-08-2019 at 23:48.

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    Default Re: Coarse closed season to remain

    That's 59% for changing it or dropping it all together against 38% keeping it as it is. Surely that's a vote for a change of some sort!
    Plus fish on a fish farm are not indicative of how wild fish might behave although they "could" be right plus it's still only two species. What sort of disturbance did they create in thier experiment on a fish farm, was it the same to what anglers might cause in a river? Not my area at all but I would be curious about that.
    I am not bothered but seems unbalanced to me and not really a fair decision, the result when looked at overall is not finely balanced IMO.
    Last edited by markg; 22-08-2019 at 05:00.

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    Default Re: Coarse closed season to remain

    Quote Originally Posted by markg View Post
    That's 59% for changing it or dropping it all together against 38% keeping it as it is. Surely that's a vote for a change of some sort!
    That's spinning the figures, ever thought of being a politician? lol It was a basically a 50/50 split between keep and remove.

    I was hugely surprised given that many who voted would have been raised fishing commercials and only fish a rivers once or twice a year, not even close to the landslide many in the angling press had hoped for.

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    Default Re: Coarse closed season to remain

    Good, I’m an advocate of the Closed Season too.

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    Most of the river stretches I fish are barely fished in summer, unfished through the winter and unfishable through the spring. I think fish in rivers need protection from a lot of things, as do rivers, but I doubt anglers figure significantly amongst them. Inertia and apathy (how many took part in the survey?) rule the day.

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    Default Re: Coarse closed season to remain

    As I predominately fish rivers and streams (often covering a lot of ground during a session) I'm just about ready for a break come March - gives me a chance for a sit down for a few crucians and tench..............
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    Default Re: Coarse closed season to remain

    I for one didn't vote. All my fishing was on rivers, since the end of the 90s I've been unable to fish what I deem natural venues.
    The end result of keep it, end it is a good result to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theartist View Post
    That's spinning the figures, ever thought of being a politician? lol It was a basically a 50/50 split between keep and remove.

    I was hugely surprised given that many who voted would have been raised fishing commercials and only fish a rivers once or twice a year, not even close to the landslide many in the angling press had hoped for.
    Oh my lord, this sounds like a fishing version of Brexit!

    I for one don't fish rivers anymore but that's not out of choice. The closed season is an outdated concept which used to serve a point now is redundant die to falling numbers of anglers who fish rivers. Many strechers of river don't see an angler from one month to the next and are vastly overgrown, there is no point closing what is already closed effectively. For example the river trent is dire in the winter, you have more hope of catching a 8lb barble than a 2oz roach. The river closes itself.

    Anyway this will never be solved, as I said it literally the Brexit of fishermen it's the one topic that's gets us all factioned off against eachother consistantly.

    As you can tell I'm disappointed in the result particularly as the status quo has no mandate, likewise I accept abolishing the closed season has little either.
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    Default Re: Coarse closed season to remain

    Quote Originally Posted by daniel121 View Post
    Oh my lord, this sounds like a fishing version of Brexit!
    I hope not otherwise those who didn't get the result they wanted will keep on and on until it's redone in their favour

    I really feel for The Scottish independent Remainers who want the close season gone

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