We have just over a week before the governments petitions committee considers this petition. It's an easy way to make a difference, just getting those extra people to sign these petitions and show Welsh Government the bylaws pose a big risk to our angling pursuit and to our ability to manage our waters in the future.
As a fishing community we stand to be disempowered by these rules placing future partnership working with NRW out the window.
NRW haven't listened to us....we must make sure Welsh Government do.
We have comissioned an independent report into the NRWs model and evidence...that will be out soon.
In the mean time, we need to keep fighting for our right to be heard. The pan Wales...bylaws....have overstretched the mark...they are not a proportionate response to the evidence.
NRW have missed the critical fact...implementing progressive management of our fisheries through a community centric framework is the only means of ensuring our shared vision succeeds.
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.