GUIDANCE NOTES – CARCASS TAGGING
The Salmon Carcass Tagging (Scotland) Regulations 2016 together with The Conservation of Salmon (Scotland) Regulations 2016 come in to force on 31 March 2016 and take effect on 1 April 2016.
The following links can be used to access both the main Conservation Regulations and the Tweed Regulations:
The following links will access both the main Carcass Tagging Regulations and the Tweed Regulations.
WHO DO THE REGULATIONS APPLY TO?
· Any fish for commercial sale taken in inland waters (defined as above estuary limits) – in practice this will be in-river net and cobble. Marine Scotland have contacted anyone who submitted a catch return for 2014 (latest available returns) for in river where the category listed by Marine Scotland in the technical document is either a 1 or a 2. Any category 3 rivers will be total catch and release and therefore any in river nets-men in these rivers will not be allowed to fish.
WHO PAYS FOR THE TAGS?
· Scottish Government pays for the tags and administers the scheme.
WHERE DO I GET MY TAGS? (S8)
· For the 2016 season you will be issued with the tags by Marine Scotland – the number of tags will be based on the catch returns for 2014 (latest available) with an added number. For the 2017 season you will require to apply to Marine Scotland who will then issue.
WHAT WILL BE ON THE TAG? (S6)
· The name of the Fishery and a unique number.
WHEN MUST THE TAG BE PUT ON THE CARCASS? (S4)
· No later than when the fish is brought to the shore or bank.
HOW MUST THE TAG BE PUT ON THE FISH? (S5)
· Through the mouth and out the gill opening and then secured with the cable tie and lock.
WHEN CAN I REMOVE THE TAG? (S7)
· If you are preparing the salmon for cooking or smoking; if you are cutting it up in to portions immediately before it is offered or exposed for sale or if you are preparing it for your own consumption.
WHAT RECORDS MUST I KEEP AND WHERE DO I SEND THEM?
The following must be kept for each week:
§ Total number of carcasses which have been tagged including nil return.
§ Unique reference numbers of any tags used
§ Name of the Salmon fishery within which the salmon was taken
§ Unique reference number of any damaged tags which cannot be affixed
§ Unique reference number of any lost tags.
It would be helpful if you would keep the records in a spread-sheet. Please remember to keep them for each week.
WHERE MUST I KEEP THE TAGS?
· Although there is no requirement in the regulations about where the tags should be kept it is very important that the tags are kept in a secure place in order to avoid the possibility of theft or accidental misplacing of the tags. They should be kept under lock and key.
WHEN MUST I SEND MY RECORD?
· The record made under S9 (1) must be sent to Marine Scotland (see address below) within 2 weeks of the start of the annual close time for the salmon fishery district – for the purpose of this section a week starts on a Monday and ends on a Sunday.
WHAT DO I DO WITH ANY UNUSED TAGS AT THE END OF THE SEASON?
· Any unused tags must be returned to Marine Scotland along with your record for the season.
· Marine Scotland will review both the suitability of the tags and the administration of the scheme at the end of the 2016 season and if necessary make adjustments for the 2017 season.
MARINE SCOTLAND ADDRESS: MSS Freshwater Laboratory, Faskally, Pitlochry PH16 5LB e-mail