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    Default Migratory fish byelaws, Wales

    Had hoped to see 100% C&R for migratory fish, a ban on all heritage netting and a fly only byelaw for Welsh rivers so I'm rather disappointed to see how cautiously NRW addressed angling issues in this document given the decline in stocks.

    Plenty to read here - https://gov.wales/sites/default/file...0English_0.pdf

    Nowhere near enough on other measures to safeguard what's left of our migratory fish. FEBs, agriculture and water companies get away without the necessary legislation.

    This was a chance for the revamped regulator to give it some stick but they've pulled back on giving rivers the boost they need and we're seeing compromised legislation applied.
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    I'm sorry that I can't agree with you. There is clearly a general problem with salmon but not with sea trout. There are some rivers where sea trout numbers are also in trouble, Teifi and Tywi being examples, but other rivers do not have a problem, furthermore many Welsh rivers are difficult to fly fish and the impending restrictions on hooks and size limit are more than sufficient to conserve numbers.

    I do agree that more needs to be done on pollution, FEBs etc. none of which the Inspector's report deals with adequately. The only chink of light is in the Minister's letter promising concurrent action on some of the other issues but I'm not holding my breath!
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    Quote Originally Posted by diawl bach View Post
    Had hoped to see 100% C&R for migratory fish, a ban on all heritage netting and a fly only byelaw for Welsh rivers so I'm rather disappointed to see how cautiously NRW addressed angling issues in this document given the decline in stocks.

    Plenty to read here - https://gov.wales/sites/default/file...0English_0.pdf

    Nowhere near enough on other measures to safeguard what's left of our migratory fish. FEBs, agriculture and water companies get away without the necessary legislation.

    This was a chance for the revamped regulator to give it some stick but they've pulled back on giving rivers the boost they need and we're seeing compromised legislation applied.


    Now that I have read most of the report by Declan K Beggan BSc (Hons), the Inspector appointed by the Welsh Ministers, one thing comes over very clearly.
    Those people/bodies/boards/trusts, et al that were giving evidence /viewpoints re the situation of the Welsh fisheries were certainly not up to the brief.
    The number of times that said inspector Beggan underlines this fact, with evidence, is almost beyond belief.
    Dont blame the inspector for the outcome, his conclusions are based on provable facts.
    Blame those whom thought anecdotal evidence would be the way to prove their case.
    Big chance missed.
    Shame.
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    The aspect of the report that annoyed me was the unnecessarily derogatory and disparaging tone of the Inspector's comments on some of the objectors' evidence. Especially bearing in mind that several attended each day at their own expense to represent anglers' interests.
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    “There is no more lovely country than Monmouthshire in early spring. Nowhere do the larks sing quite so passionately, as if somehow inspired by the Welsh themselves. There is a blackbird on every thorn and a cock chaffinch, a twink as they call him there, on every bush...... It moved me profoundly. I had been spared to see another spring, and I thank God for it.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewinbasher View Post
    The aspect of the report that annoyed me was the unnecessarily derogatory and disparaging tone of the Inspector's comments on some of the objectors' evidence. Especially bearing in mind that several attended each day at their own expense to represent anglers' interests.
    Surely an even bigger reason they should have read the background info, which included the bulk of the "evidence" the inspector had before him?
    Objectors must have felt incredibly foolish when their anecdotes were proven as such, and when they had to admit they had not read the available information!
    One big chance wasted.

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