The NRW Board meet on the 18th January at the University of Wales Bangor to decide on the proposed Bylaws. The Fisheries Team have made another undefined change to them . I have sent a letter to the Board asking for a balanced and fair approach to be applied to future fish stock management and for our fishing institutions to remain empowered. Others are doing the same. We all know the potential consequences of these policies. They must be stopped. A copy of this petition will be sent to the Board at the end of this week - please keep signing. The public can attend the Board meeting as observers and it seems there might be an opportunity to speak to members of the Board, if only at lunch...12.00. If you wish to attend please contact the Board secretariat:
Thank you for your continued support, lets keep the dream alive and keep sharing our plight; aspirations; in the name of wisdom...fairness...and fishing. Best Wishes, Reuben
To: George Eustice MP, Minister of State at DEFRA, Lesley Griffiths AM - Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs and The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones.
Give Welsh Fishing Clubs and Salmon and Seatrout a Chance
Prevent the excesses of catch and kill of Salmon by implementing bag limits for catch and keep on all Welsh Rivers for 4 years developed on the basis of catchment specific data in close consultation with fishing clubs.
Implement a comprehensive stocking programme of native fish on all rivers.
Tighten and enforce current legislation to eliminate the menace of farming pollution and industrial pollution.
Suspend all large scale commercial net fishing and factory ship operations around the welsh coast for a minimum period of 10 years.
Prioritise resource allocation to assist in managing catchment specific issues linked to excessive natural predation rates and barriers to fish migration.
Why is this important?
Fishing Clubs, fishing methods and therefore fishing in Wales is at imminent risk from NRWs proposed fishery byelaws 2017. Byelaws must sustain fishing aswell as fish stocks under a sustainable management of natural resources approach.
The potential knock on impacts of the proposed byelaws are likely to lead to excessive illegal fishing which could not be policed. Critical evidence - Catch Return Data - would be lost due to absenteeism of fishermen from rivers. Revised management measures must therefore be developed which do not carry the same residual risks.
Sustained and increased participation in fishing through empowerment and attention to catchment specific issues will establish a progressive means of achieving healthy fish stocks and the wellbeing of fishing clubs, contributing positively to local economies.
Harmonisation of the overall approach can only succeed where fish are protected from destruction and harm in the near coastal waters in particular. Following an integrated approach, the river environments must be optimised to receive and support adult and juvenile fish. At present there are obvious gains to be made that are being neglected due to insufficient funding and contradictory roles and responsibilities within NRW.