DROUGHT MEDIA BRIEF
MB MG Date / Dyddiad: July 2018
How does drought affect fish?
Extended periods of dry weather can have a severe impact on the health and wellbeing of fish stocks, leading to low water levels in rivers and some lakes and ponds resulting in less water for fish to live in, which in turn causes overcrowding and vulnerability to disease and predators.
Hot, bright weather also increases the risk of algal blooms, which can lead to less oxygen in the water, which in turn causes fish to die.
It is hard to predict the long-term implications of drought on fish, but the overall affect can be significant. Fish numbers fluctuate naturally with varying environmental conditions, however fish populations are robust and have survived severe droughts in the past but may take a long time to recover fully.
Shane Thomas of Swansea University is carrying out a study on Twaite Shad if the river Towy.
To help in his research he is asking anglers to fill in the survey below:
Please be advised the next Carmarthenshire Fishermans Federation meeting will be held on the 2’nd August 2018, commencing at 7.00pm at Carmarthen Town AFC, Priory Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1LR.
The agenda for the upcoming meeting, along with the minutes of the last meeting are attached. Should you have any questions, please let me know at your earliest convenience.
We look forward to seeing you all there.
On 3rd of July 2018 Natural Resources Wales published the interim report of the Wales Land Management Forum agricultural sub-group on its website. The report was submitted to Lesley Griffiths, the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs at the Welsh Government on 4th April 2018 and a response is awaited from the Welsh Government. The link to the report can be found with this introductory note.
An interesting article from the Salmon and Trout conservation website can be found here – https://www.salmon-trout.org/2018/06/29/afon-myddyfi/
CFF attended the Local Fisheries Group meeting with NRW officers and other Angling Club officials in June. NRW presented a number of papers at the meeting, which have now been published on their website
FEB Advisory Group
Click the above link for information on NRW’s FEB Advisory Group.
CFF and Friends of the Ford had a pleasant day out yesterday clearing a large blockage near the mouth of the Myddyfi. This was one of the blockages identified on the walk-over earlier in the year.
Jamie and Gareth were on the chainsaws, and Tony and Glynn were in the water.
The timber build up was prettty bad, but what was really causing a problem was that the gaps below and between the logs were jam packed tight with twigs, nylon bale netting and silage wrapping. We were up to our chests pulling this out with hands and hooks
Still a bit to do and more to clear but we made a good start and now there is a good opening that fish can pass through. Pleased to see a good sized eel in there, getting fat on a sheeps carcass.
Proposed fishing byelaws making it mandatory for fishermen to release all salmon caught in Welsh rivers have been postponed until next year.
CFF were invited to attend a meeting with NRW, WWRT and Afonydd Cymru at NRW’s Llandovery offices this week.
We had a lenghty and robust discussion on many topics, and were intorduced to Ioan Williams, the new Natural Resource Management Team Leader for Carmarthen
A few CFF members have recently sent us reports and photos of agricultural and industrial bad practices noted in Carmarthenshire. These are not necessarily reportable pollution incidents, but are concerning to us as anglers none the less. These may include seeing badly maintained slurry pits, livestock not being excluded from waterways, slurry pipes running across rivers etc.
Ioan has let us know that if NRW are alerted to such practices, they will be logged. NRW can either be contacted by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or the CFF can pass information on directly to Ioan.
Please include photographs and location references of anything reported.
Please note, however, that any incidents of pollution proper should be reported directly to NRW on tel. 0300 065 3000 ( charges apply)
Silage being fed to livestock adjacent to a watercourse feeding into the Tywi. Manure and silage build up ready to be washed into the watercourse on the next flood
Livestock again being fed next to a watercourse, no fencing of the waters edge and stock free to enter water at will