Twaite shad , Lamprey and Salmon all now running the river wye . But first they have to get past Sammy and his ever increasing family. This week he's on the Salmon . must be a few about as he's just ripping out the belly. Not to much rain about so the fish are not going to far and the seals will have a good feed. So how many seals in a river system are to many ???? And what would the " river guardians " do when that number is reached...........LOL Hey wait a minute they say
The rare Lamprey are now entering the river Wye to spawn. Sammy and his mates are having their fill making a change from the twaite shad . Sammy (Or son of sammy ) seen here peeling one. Spring salmon next then . Lets hope we get a drop of rain and the Salmon don't hang around Chepstow for to long. Not to worry though the increasing colony are not seen by NRW as any threat to stocks .
Save the wye campaigner Angela Jones witnessed this close to Lydney upstream of our lave net fishery during the week. Sewage being discharged at low tide , there had been little rain (The usual excuse ) over the previous weeks. On top of the sewage stink a strong aroma of chemicals...........What is being added to the sewage to get the bacteria level down ?? and what effect is that having to life on the estuary ??. The EA would have permitted this .....wonder if the discharg
With world wide interest in our facebook page it has hit the 20;000 followers mark . Not to bad for a bunch of lave netters . The page has led to many contacts who are taking an active interest in our fishery and its history and problems.
Here is Sammy or one of the sons of Sammy getting stuck into the Twaite Shad in the week . Sammy and the gang range well up into the river wye and are deemed by NRW "Not to be a threat to Salmon stocks on the river wye " Wonder if they deem them a threat to Twaite Shad stocks after all the species is endangered & protected ..........
The origins of the lave net are obscure but is most probably the ladenet of John Smyth of Nibley who writing in 1639 says "Howbeit in certain places and seasons in the lakes & pools of the Severn estuary ANY STRANGER may with becknet or ladenet fish " The upper Severn lave nets men have never required any licence or permission to fish for white fish or shrimp as this region (midlands region ) of the severn estuary is a public fishery where a lave net can be used to catch whit