Salar our boat was rowed around to her summer mooring yesterday at high water in a bit of a gale, timing was all important to get around Black Rock point safely. Her seats have been refitted after around 35 stone of lave nets men wore them out rowing ! As often the case we wait now until the 6th for a suitable tide.
Its amazing that our fishery has featured in so many books over the past few years. There always seems to be incredible interest in who we are and what we do. Here are a few of the publications . Wales at Waters edge , Edging the estuary ,Fishing around the Bristol channel and Chepstow through time . Jon Gowers text and Jeremy moores picture of us fishing in Wales at waters edge are exceptional .
Our fishermen welcomed BBC Wales to Black Rock last week to learn more about our fishery. Bob turned out and was a big hit with the visitors. He is marvellous , the way he never misses an event and supports the fishery ,not bad for eighty something. As ever Dink was there with Bob after surviving an attack by a pit bull in Newport ........... Bob has threatened a comeback unless we get our act together and catch a few more salmon......................
Its been decided a little extra effort and sacrifice is needed after 2016s sorry catch rate..................Thousands of salmon on the estuary and we catch six. Wish list will be , Rob Evans must leave his "lucky" orange sunglasses at home , " Retired " Paul must book a few days off , Matthew must ensure his wife gives birth on neap tides , Chris must promise not to answer his phone while fishing , Richard M will try to rush a little when late , Richard H needs to keep the
People often ask why we work so hard at the lave net fishing ...... To fish in the footsteps of our ancestor's with other like minded fishermen and friends is a great thing , to experience the thrills, danger and rewards fishing on the estuary is worth more than almost anything else , the anticipation of the coming season , to be able to pass on the skill taught to us by passed generations of fishermen keeping this knowledge safe for future generations to enjoy , hard work an
Without the support of our sponsors we would struggle to survive in our present form and a big thanks goes out to them all. The costs of upkeep on the boat , net house , engine ,exhibition equipment , stationary ,fighting our corner , publicising the fishery , net making materials , notice board repairs repairs etc is huge. Chepstow plant international , BAA brewing , R & R site services , Mega chem , Crown estate agents and individual donations from supporters of the fishery
Our lave net fishery at present operates under severe restrictions . Our base line , forged by the Welsh assembly goverment and the fishermen , agreed as sustainable by the Environment agency. This we are assured will preserve the future of our fishery. 1/ Take no more than 15 salmon per season for the whole fishery. 2/ Take no more than 5 salmon per month for the whole fishery. 3/ A maximum of 8 fishermen. 4 / Not to sell our salmon. Other restrictions and conditions are : 1