Report Published on Catch and Release in UK Stillwaters
Over the past two years, Professor Vaughan Ruckley, Bob Perrett and Eric Fox have undertaken a study and produced a report to provide information on the extent and effects of Catch & Release Fishing (C&R) across UK stillwater stocked trout fisheries. It makes interesting reading for anglers and fishery managers alike.
The study came about partly as a result of a "tiresome debate on Catch & Release" within an angling club of which Vaughan Ruckley and Eric Fox were committee members. The study forms part of a wider review that Vaughan Ruckley is undertaking on this subject of Catch & Release.
They were also concerned about the dumping of dead fish after competitions and are aware that similar controversy rages in other clubs as well as the wider public controversies on the ethical issues. They felt that such arguments were often based on ignorance and it was time that someone gathered some facts! They searched the literature and were unable to find any similar studies that had ever been done before in the UK or abroad. They have received encouraging responses from the fishery managers to whom they circulated the results. The Fly Fishing Forums were approached to help publicise the Report as their concern is to let anglers, fishery managers and scientists know of its existence and where they can get their hands on it.
The Report is an independent enterprise, not commissioned by anyone. The cost was funded entirely out of their own pockets and therfore the authors have no affiliations and no axe to grind!
You can read the report, see the full survey questions and results and then make up your own mind by clicking on the front cover of the report below to open a copy. It is not a 'heavy' read at all with nicely summarised sections, clear tables and the authors conclusions - Ed.
Click the front cover below to view the full report as a PDF document.
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