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
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”.
Click on he link below to read the complaint letter
Complaint to EC press release Mar 2018v2
West Wales Rivers Trust are looking for volunteers to accompany project officers working on their sites.
It will not necessarily involve any physical input by the volunteers as the main role here is to accompany the project officer and would be ideal for those who enjoy a good walk in the country with the added benefit of an experienced guide!
If you would like to volunteer please email your name, phone number and email to:
This information will be shared with a member of the WWRT team and you will be contacted when help is required.
Annual General Meeting
7pm on Thursday 18th January 2018
Carmarthen Football Club
- Minutes of the last AGM.
- Chairman’s report.
- Treasurer’s report.
- Review of charges.
- Election of Officers.
The AGM will be followed by an ordinary meeting of the Carmarthenshire Fishermen’s Federation
- Minutes of the meeting held on the 15th August, 2017.
- Report on NRW Board discussions on exploitation controls held on the 18th January, 2018. – Creighton Harvey.
- Update report on work of Wales Land Management Group on Agricultural Pollution – Creighton Harvey
- Carmarthenshire Catchment Plan – Huwel Manley.
- Mitigation Funds – Huwel Manley
- West Wales Rivers Trust – Frank Jones.
- NRW Enforcement – Erin Smyth.
- Balsam Report – Jamie Harries.
- Calendar of meetings.
The AGM due to to be held on Tuesday 14th November has been rearranged for Thursday 18th January 2018 7pm at the Carmarthen Town Football Club
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Deirdre Brennan’s superb 2017 documentary on the race to understand why the wild Atlantic Salmon is epically disappearing and possibly destined to go extinct.
Lost at Sea