It was a joy to see our youngest member Matthew representing our fishery at Tredegar house on the weekend . Part of the "our living levels " history day the day was a success despite the weather ! Exhibing is something we do built around the lave net fishing and we see it as an essential facet of our lives on the estuary built around that fishing .
Wales favorite weather man Derek Brockway will visit our fishermen this October on his way along the wales coastal path . He hopes to hold the net in the water (if allowed by NRW......) also have ago at lave net knitting & learn about our ancient fishery's history. Julia the program producer visited in September ,welcomed by Richard Morgan one of our fishermen and was very impressed !
In conjunction with the living levels project a life size carving of a lave net fisherman will be made and erected on the picnic site at Black rock . This is right on the Wales coastal path and outside our net house . An honor indeed !
In the close season some of our lave net fishermen spent a lot of time out on the estuary at low tide ,just keeping an eye on things............. One bonus of that is sometimes they find things of interest such as wrecks ,clay pipes ,pottery ,bottle and other boat related items .
The estuary is at present full of shrimp . In days gone by men from our local villages would fish for them with a small reduced mesh lave net in an area called the Lubey . Before that there were Putt fisheries that caught them . A local source of food . In an age where we import shrimp from all over the world with the environmental impact of the act it's a mystery why this resource is not harvested .........