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Traditional fishing season is on

6 June 08 16:30 GMT

The season for catching salmon using traditional fish traps has begun its 10-week season along the banks of the River Severn.

The conical traps, known as putchers or putts, are restricted in order to conserve fish stocks.

Environment Agency fishing expert Charles Crundwell said the numbers of salmon were encouraging.

Fisherman Nick Bull said he only caught five fish last year, which did not cover the cost of his £280 licence.

Mr Bull said he hoped the season would be extended with an increase of fish stocks.

Mr Crundwell said salmon numbers had increased but not enough to extend the putcher fishing season.

Bylaws to save fish stocks are due for renewal for a further 10 years across the country by 14 July.

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