1st June 2022 is the first day of our lave net fishing season ,normally a reason for celebration. NRW have again ruled that taking a handful of salmon from the severn estuary is a threat to stocks on the rivers that feed the estuary. They rule this yet sell unlimited amounts of angling licences to fish for salmon.........which indirectly kills salmon through anglers catching ,playing ,handling & photographing salmon. Of course this fishery is not subject to the same HRA that
A long standing arrangement was honoured by Martin during the week to visit a local cub group , we have undertaken such events for over 20 years. Since the further catch restriction placed on our fishery by NRW events such as this have become a little like rubbing salt in a wound so most have ceased. Sadly this is the last time Martin will do this type of thing ,a sad loss to our cultural heritage but as we feel wronged in the extreme quite understandable.
With very little rain of late any salmon entering the river Wye system are hanging around Chepstow. Sammy and the gang are having a field day. Salmon for breakfast ,dinner and tea . not to worry though NRW say "Not a threat to stocks " Make your own mind up on that one . A pic. from this week . Salmon is not a fresh run fish it was waiting for a drop of rain to move on up the river.........
Incredible interest from all over the world now in our facebook page . This has brought many more contacts from quite surprising people . A one time lave nets were only talked about in the locality ,now thousands of people every day share & take an interest in our lives on the Severn estuary & further afield. We have much more to share and will do so at the appropriate times.
It was a pleasure to catch up with professor Martin Bell of Redding university during the week guiding him and his colleague Tom around some of our low tide Severn estuary finds. Martin has made many low tide finds himself around the Goldcliff area . This fishing trap / basket if contempary with others found in the area would be 12th century. A sample was taken but carbon dating costs £400............ There was a huge fishing effort in this area for white fish & salmon which
When you come completely detached from the environment in which you live this is the type of scheme that surfaces . Well funded no doubt . A seal trail through Chepstow......... Sure it will be very popular with those who have little connection to the river and any interest in Salmon stocks. The population of seals which hunt well up into the Wye river system eating salmon ,twaite shad and lamprey (populations of which are all apparently under threat ) is on the increase and
Recent press releases by NRW and comment by river Usk interests say that the river Usk salmon stock is at an all time low. Perhaps it is time to suspend the angling effort for salmon on this river for say 10 years to help this stock recover. A recent suggestion by our fishery is to issue licences for each river allowing a Habitats regulations assessment to be undertaken for each river . That way the river & stock could be micro managed . If the Salmon stock on the Usk is in s
Salmon angling on our rivers was once a sport for the "Gentry " , certainly on the mighty river Wye . The most successful was the legendary Robert Pashley "The Wye wizard " said to have caught over 10,000 salmon in his lifetime..........His best season was in 1936 when he caught 678 salmon !!! Fast forward a few decades and the world had changed ,salmon angling no longer just for the gentry and the doors opened to unlimited anglers catching unlimited numbers of salmon.......
From time to time our fishermen stumble across the bones of animals some of which are thousands of years old and are from the times when the whole Severn valley was land interlaced with streams and woodlands. Man lived and hunted in this valley for thousands of years and these finds give a glimpse of what once was.
Good old ecology , rolls off the tongue lovely .Sammy and the gang up on the river Wye showing how its done this week again . Back on the lamprey ,suppose it makes a change. So how many seals on the river are to many seals...........? Numbers will increase over time until the food source will not support the number of seals or the stock of fish collapses , good old ecology. Of course further down the line someone else's problem so it will be ignored by those who should have