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See useful links above
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The NRW have now issued the 2013 assessments of the “Know Your River” statistics complied from the 2013 catch returns and other related figures. This may sound boring and of little interest BUT IT IS NOT. I URGE YOU TO LOOK AT THE DETAILS OF YOUR OWN RIVER SYSTEM, there you will find in plain language the stark details of the state of your Salmon and sea trout stocks. A number state that salmon stocks are at risk and predicted to decline in future. We can no longer afford to be just anglers, we have also to be conservationists otherwise our children and grandchildren may never witness the sight of a salmon leaping or the excitement of hooking one.
Please click on the link below to access the Welsh Governments programme of meetings to discuss bidding for the fund
Please pass on the following link to any club committee member you know or to members of syndicates that have water in Wales. I have no doubt that figures gathered here will end up forming statistics about angling. Thank yoiu
We have taken the unusual steps of putting this Angling Trust news release on the front page, they are usually included under the PUBLICATIONS/ANGLING TRUST tabs
Salmon poaching gear IMPORTANT: Code for Theft of Fishing Rights: 116/11
Quote this code when reporting incidents of Fishing Without Permission to the Police
Fishing without permission is a Schedule 1 Theft Act 1968, and therefore criminal, offence. It is not the Environment Agency’s (EA) responsibility to deal with this but that of the police. Understandably, this is not an area of law in which police officers are generally trained, so the Angling Trust are in the early stages of liaising with all 43 forces to educate officers regarding their responsibility. To date, we have concentrated, due to VBS and Operation CLAMPDOWN 2 (OCD2), on forces in SE England, all of which are engaged on joint VBS/EA/police patrols in that region and in support of OCD2. Indeed, a Hampshire Police officer recently checked, purely coincidentally, one of our Area Coordinator’s licenses; this was very encouraging, but unfortunately the police’s overall understanding remains inconsistent. In an effort to resolve this, last year the Angling Trust uploaded the ‘Elementary Guide to Angling Law & Fisheries Enforcement’ to the Police Online Knowledge Area (POLKA) – making this simple guide available to every police officer in England. This, however, relies upon an officer searching that database for information, so the upload is not a cure-all. We now, however, have one – and hence why we need your help.
Every offence which the police are duty bound to deal with has a unique Home Office Code. We now have the Code for Theft of Fishing Rights: 116/11. If, therefore, anglers quote this when reporting incidents, the police will understand that they must deal with the matter, rather than misinterpret the situation as a civil matter and/or attempt to pass the job over to the EA. Provision of the Code will mean that from the initial stage the call taker will understand that this is a police matter, and police officers responding can check the relevant instructions.
Finally, and in addition to the good news above, we have had a recent result with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). One of our fishery owner members was the victim in such a case of fishing without permission, which the police duly processed, but at court the CPS lawyer completely misunderstood the Theft of Fishing Rights offence and discontinued those proceedings. Acting upon our advice, said member complained to the CPS. Gerry Wareham, the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, recently acknowledged the error, apologised, and instructed all CPS lawyers to proceed with such cases – and if in doubt liaise with Andrew Vaughan, the Lead Prosecutor. This really is a major step forward.
Dilip Sarkar MBE
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On 18 March 2014 13:46, Field Assistant <field.assistant@
I’m working for the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, in collaboration with NRW, to try and collect information on where and when American Mink have been seen in Wales. This is so we can have an idea of Mink distribution, which will help us with Water Vole conservation work.
I was wondering if you’d be able to help? If you do have any mink records they would be greatly appreciated, but if not, then perhaps you might consider putting up a little request on your website newsfeed, to request that any of your readers could tell us if they’ve seen a Mink?
Lorna Baggett Field Assistant The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales
Fountain Road, Tondu, Bridgend, CF32 0EH
Telephone: 01656 724100 Email: Field.assistant@welshwildlife.
The following press release speaks for itself, however anglers are asked to support this campaign in every way. A grateful thanks from us to Rachel and the team!
Thursday 20 March 2014
Sent by the Sustainable Access Campaign Cymru, established by Angling Cymru, Angling Trust, Countryside Alliance, Country Land and Business Association, Fish Legal and the Welsh Salmon and Trout Angling Association
The latest Newsletter is worth a read, click newsletters: the latest is at the top of the list. There is an unusually large amount of angling related content. Also Board Meeting Note dated 13th February 2014
The initial consultation process about the Water Framework Directive was tortuous, tedious and a real drudge. I got the impression that without several degrees and an encyclopedic knowledge of the innumerable learned papers produced by goodness knows who, the whole process was, it seemed to me, designed to frustrate all but the experts.
However, last week I attended two catchment workshops: the River Conwy and the River Clwyd. Attendees included NRW staff of course, representatives of farmers, commercial forestry, local Council, Bangor University, National Park, National Trust and many more. The NRW made it quite clear that they were addressing each river catchment separately and identifying specific issues impacting on each. They also made it quite clear that financial constraints meant that they could not address many of the issues without support from other sectors. I went to the workshops cynical and wary: I think the EAW had lost a deal of credibility over the years, although staff in this area were trying to put that right. After the Conwy meeting we were asked to complete a “what did you think of that?” form, which I did, expressing gloom and despondency. The Clwyd workshop was two days later, by which time I had given some thought to the previous proceedings and had a change of heart. I think the NRW are being honest and as open as they can be and look forward to the follow on consultation when, I hope, the intention will be to set up joint efforts to address the issues identified.
I was also reminded of the good work being done by the River Trusts. The Clwyd, Conwy and Gwynedd Rivers Trust have carried out a number of substantial of environmental improvement schemes, mainly but not exclusively to tributaries, where in years gone by salmonids had spawned in great numbers.
The time has come for more partnership working, even at club level, where by a joint effort beneficial improvements can be made to in river habitat, but more importantly in the long neglected tributaries.
In view of the current concerns being expressed by many anglers and clubs a look at the latest Angling Trust news sheet will be a help. Click Angling Trust under Publications.
There is a potential threat to our fisheries here in Wales. Many of the conifer forests that blanket the hillsides which overlook our rivers, and through which many of the spawning tributaries run, are due to be clearfelled, having reached maturity. Once this clear felling takes place the ground beneath, which is exposed, may be covered by as much as three feet (nine hundred millimeters) of pine needles. This depth has taken 40 years to accumulate. With no forest to hold them in, there is a risk that these pine needles, come the next heavy rainfall, will essentially be swept down the hillsides and into the rivers and streams en mass. The result: a massive increase in the acidity of the water, with the potential to kill all invertebrates in the river. This could mean that we will have dead rivers, void of all food, so that most, if not all, immature fish will perish. We recommend that you monitor the acidity levels in your rivers, streams and tributaries, your local Rivers Trust will be able to help in this, and that in May you monitor your fly life carefully (your Rivers Trust will also help in organising this). Then report your findings to NRW. This will help the investigation into this potential threat
We will keep you posted