Open consultation

Coarse fishing close season on English rivers

Summary

We want your views on whether to keep, change or remove the current close season.

This consultation is being held on another website.

This consultation closes at

Consultation description

The current coarse fishing close season on rivers, some canals and some stillwaters starts on 15 March and finishes on 15 June. There’s no close season on most canals and most stillwaters.

Close seasons are for reducing the risk to fish while they’re spawning. Not being able to fish for coarse fish on rivers during the current close season can restrict angler choice. However, changing or removing it may pose a risk to:

  • fish stocks and the fisheries they support
  • other wildlife

We want to hear from all those interested in coarse fish and fisheries. Your responses will help us decide if we need to keep, change or remove the current close season.

As a result of this consultation, we may make new byelaws. If we do, we must advertise them. This gives people the opportunity to object.

Documents

Coarse fishing close season on English rivers: consultation document

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Appendix 1: Close season byelaw - background and current byelaw

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Appendix 2: European close seasons

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Appendix 3a: Review of available literature

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Appendix 3b: Review of available literature - dace

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Appendix 3c: Review of available literature - pike

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Appendix 3d: Review of available literature - grayling

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Appendix 3e: Review of available literature - salmon smolts

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Appendix 4: Expert panel risk assessment

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Appendix 5: Scope for gathering additional evidence

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Published 14 January 2019