- Minister for Hunting
- United Kingdom
The prohibition of fishing for salmon on a Sunday is contained in section 13 of the 1951 Act, as amended by the Freshwater and Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1976 (section 7 and Schedule 3) and the Salmon (Weekly Close Time) (Scotland) Regulations 1988 (SI 1988/390) made under the terms of section 3(3) of the 1986 Act.
Whilst understanding the need to have some time per week to allow salmon to escape anglers, there is no practical or rational reason why this should be a Sunday.
Many anglers work Monday to Friday, leaving only Saturday and Sunday to participate in their chosen pursuit. The status quo prohibits them from fishing for salmon on half of their weekend.
The reason for the current close time being a Sunday has probably got something to do with some religious organisation. It is time that anglers stood up and argued against religious zealots interfering with our fishing.
By all means, have a 24 close time, but let the members of Angling Associations determine what these are to be, not some unelected God Squad.
We, the undersigned, believe that those that hold the lease of Salmon Fishings shall determine which period of 24 hrs per week should be allotted to the Weekly Close Time.
The No to the ban on Sunday Salmon Fishing petition to Minister for Hunting was written by Canny Fisher and is in the category Law Reform at GoPetition.