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CFF Meeting 2nd August 2018

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.

Kind regards

Stephen Jones

Secretary CFF


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Interim report of the Wales Land Management Forum agricultural sub-group

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.

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More Work on the Mydyfi

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.

Reporting Agricultural Pollution

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  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

Tributary Walkovers on the Dulais reveal high instances of plastic waste and fly tipping.

Members of CFF have been out surveying the tributaries of the Towy starting with the Dulais. Federation Treasurer Jamie Harries can be seen in the above images amongst feed bags embedded in the banks, a trampoline , log Jams, various types of discarded plastic waste and unfenced areas allowing stock access.

Caroline Orr, along with Afonydd Cymru, is leading an intitative to use previously gathered information form NRW on SAC rivers. Afonydd Crymru will collate this information along with the survey to ascertain the existing state of the watercourse.

Afonydd Cymru are then to comprehensively collate all of this information, (technical easements / invasives / trash blocakges / land use issues / fencing / riparian management / other issues) and disseminate to Rivers Trusts / NRW / Other parties to carry out the works highlighted.

Caroline explains “It is a way of getting a comprehensive suite of works together in order to benefit our watercourses and fisheries, and more importantly – to act upon these findings”.