The living levels project has been awarded a huge lottery grant . Our fishermen have been asked to help on many ocasions with the project . Just one of many things our fishermen do throughout the year to promote the fishery
Evidence submitted to the ongoing All wales byelaw inquiry states that Traditional fishery's can be closed temporarily then re-opened ........... Other people at a later date can take the place of these fishermen ....... Complete nonsense , a smoke screen . Cultural heritage and a way of life is lost forever
For the past 17 years our fishermen have worked tirelessly to promote the fishery as a tourism heritage site and have exhibited all over the country . St Fagans , National museum , Royal welsh & local shows , but perhaps our greatest event was supporting the Monmouthshire display at the national Eisteddfod , Abergaveny in 2016 . Meeting the then first minister & also (little did we know ) the soon to be first minister .
Our salmon lave net fishery must be the most naturally restricted fishery there is ........added to that are the enforced restrictions 1. Average fishing time 1 1/2 hrs . 2.only able to fish the last off the ebb tide 3.lave netting only really effective on calm tides. 4. All done around our payed work 5. When the wind is in certain quarters you will not see a fish . 6. season reduced by 60 % (used to start feb .3rd ) 7. The net is around 7ft wide ( estuary is close to 3 mil
With bailiff numbers cut to the bone poachers have free rein to operate on our rivers . If anyone thinks this problem has gone away they are naive . Lets put the obvious things right first . Divert money into the training and employment of more balliffs , men such as George Woodward ex .Wye ghillie , river folk who don,t mind getting their hands dirty and don,t want to work 9=5..........
With the threat of restrictions and closure in the Environment Agency's severn estuary action plan at that time it was decided to ask the public for support . The support from them and our AMs ,MPs & Councillors was overwhelming. This petition (in pre internet days for us ) involved knocking on doors and at on point setting up in caldicot center with our boat. We met the then minister for rural affairs Carwyn Jones & the first minister Rhodri morgan who were both supportive.
From 1998 until 2008 our lave net fishery was under constant threat from the Environment agency of closure or restriction . This changed in 2008 when we were invited to the welsh assembly by the then Minister for rural affairs Elin Jones. The meeting resulted in the Welsh assembly / E. A. agreement which allowed our fishery breathing space for 10 years and allowed it to come back from the brink , thrive and develop into what it is today . This would not have been possible wit
Friends attended the 1st day of this inquiry . Their view is that fishermen will " stand no chance " . against full legal teams and barristers engaged by NRW .......... We will remain positive and try our best to ensure a long term future for our lave net fishery . We will speak at the inquiry on 29th Jan . The time is at this point unclear ........