Why collect data on the catches of Salmon and Sea Trout?
Records of catches are important because they not only provide a year-on-year measure of fish returning to the river, but also form the basis of a fair and equitable method of collecting the Tweed assessment. Powers are given to the RTC to collect the data.
The provisions of the Scotland Act 1998 (River Tweed) Order 2006 extend the duties and powers of the 1857 Act. Article 17 of the Order provides that the proprietors and occupiers of salmon fisheries must furnish the RTC with such information as is necessary for the valuation of the fisheries in such form and at such times as we may determine. The article also provides that the RTC may use the information for its other functions under the Order.
Failure to furnish the required information, or the making of false statements, is an offence and liable on conviction to a substantial fine.
The Information Needed
Compliance with this policy satisfies the legal requirement to provide the appropriate information to the RTC.
As part of the process of valuing the fisheries, and to ensure accuracy, the RTC continues to collect information on catches of Salmon and Sea Trout. To improve the potential usefulness of these statistics, the RTC requires each fishery to summarise the numbers and weight of Salmon and Sea Trout on a monthly basis. To ensure accuracy, the data should be entered on the form provided or in a record book, day by day. This should not in practice be an additional burden since a record of each fish caught should already be kept (required under the 1951 and 1857 Acts).
The information to be recorded is:
Separate sheets or pages should be kept for catches by rod and line, by net and coble and by bag net, fly net or other stake net.
The records must be made available for inspection to a Fisheries Officer, or an authorised representative on the RTC, on demand.
Existing fishing records may be used providing the required information is included. Follow the link for an example of an acceptable form.
Keeping the record and submitting the information
It is the responsibility of the owner, proprietor or occupier to provide the data. If an owner or occupier wishes to authorise another person to maintain the record, the RTC should be informed of their name and address. N.B. the legal requirement for the accuracy of the return remains with the proprietor or occupier of the fishery.
Consolidated returns of data are sought to the end of June and to the end of November, each year. A form suitable for providing that information is sent to fisheries before these times.