As influential men of the salmon fisheries of both the Severn and Wye could you please spread the word of the attached document and share.
But most importantly can you please get a clear message out, that we DO NOT want fish killed that may be suspected of UDN or other skin conditions.
The clear message from the Environment Agency at Local Area- all fish should returned alive- no matter what the condition, or returned even if dead and notify the Agency.
Please also make it clear that removing salmon with a hand net e.g. it spotted dead or dying in the margins, is unlawful and could result in enforcement proceedings.
Please encourage folks to notify the EA on the Emergency Hotline Number0800 80 70 60, if they suspect fish that are unwell or distressed in anyway.
DO NOT REMOVE OR KILL SALMON SUSPECTED OF UDN or OTHER SKIN CONDITIONS, CONTACT THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY
Chris Bainger MIFM Cenv
Fisheries Technical Specialist
Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire
Internal: 7 22 3452
Mobile: 07710 903 489
Direct Dial: 01743 283452