Our fishermen were over the moon to feature in this exhibition of life on the Levels . It will be on from Feb. 27th - march 25th . Venue The Futures gallery , Pier head building , Cardiff bay . ( Next to the welsh assembly building ) Martin attended the opening night and some of our other fishermen will visit during the coming month .
Great nrews ! Black rock lave net fishermen will feature in an exhibition celebrating life on the "Levels " at the pier head gallery , Cardiff bay ( Next to the welsh assembly ) from February 27th - March 25th .
For 20 years we have published a "Pro active measures " sheet . Always put on the board outside our net house. Why we haven't put it on here of anywhere else is perhaps an oversight on our part. It makes interesting reading and documents our recent histoy .
The aftermath of storm Dennis gave martin an opertunity to get some practice in on our Coracle . The fields of the Neddern are still flooded and it was surreal seeing a coracle paddled around the Caldicot castle ! wonder when that was last done...........
After storm Dennis the fields of the old Neddern river ,long drained have become a huge lake.......... This is a rare event , our fishermen teamed up with the Sudbrook kayakers to paddle all the way from caldicot castle to Caerwent ,a surreal experience. The old Neddern before sea walls, drainage and re routing was once tidal . The Romans would use it to access their fort /city at Caerwent.....
Paul , our chairman and Rob busy at work stripping willow reams for our net repairs. The coming season is close now and all the lave nets have to be checked and repaired as required. The willow / withy has been cut when the sap is down.
This for those who are interested is the real world. A comparison between Black rock lave net fishermen's catch and the EDF Hinkley point nuclear power station (Down stream from us ) which is under construction . The power station will kill upwards (Depending on who's predictions you believe ) of 650,000 fish a year ( Conservation groups give far ,far higher figures ) including Eels, lamprey and Salmon We take a handful of fish a season . CEFAS , a government advisory group
Throughout the lave netting close season there is always great interest in our fishery and we get many invites to speak / demonstrate to groups around the country. A particularly rewarding experience yesterday was meeting the Shirenewton Cubs . They learnt about the lave net and materials we use to make it ,net knitting ,our low tide finds and plastic on the estuary. A very interactive evening went down well with all ! The Cubs seen here making a "Snouter " (a lanyard for ca
Our fishermen welcomed BBC Countryfile director Kath to our fishery last week . Kath was very interested in our fishery ,it's heritage ,traditions and the materials we use to make the net. We will welcome presenter Matt. Baker to Black Rock very soon !