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.
Click the link below to view the 2017 Himalayan Balsam Report
|Angling Trust Calls for Voluntary Approach to Regulating Salmon and Sea Trout Angling
The Angling Trust has today published its responses to concurrent consultations by the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales about the regulation of rod and net fisheries. As the representative body for anglers in England and Wales, the Trust has called for a voluntary approach to management of the exploitation of salmon and sea trout by anglers fishing with rod and line and designation of salmon and sea trout as sport fish only, because of the vastly greater benefits to society arising from angling compared to catching these species in nets.
Voluntary catch and release of salmon has increased from below 10% in the 1990s to around 80% now, with many anglers returning every fish they catch and choosing to fish with methods that avoid causing damage to the fish so that they can go on to spawn successfully. In England, the Environment Agency has, in response to pressure from the Angling Trust, indicated a preferred option for this voluntary approach to continue, but with higher targets for rivers where stocks are in a particularly poor state. The Angling Trust supports this approach on the proviso that it is accompanied by a complete ban of commercial netting on these rivers and a ban of mixed stock netting (catching fish at sea returning to several different rivers).
The Merlin Explorer Scouts have joined forces with the Carmarthenshire Fishermen’s Federation’s (CFF) initiative to tackle a non-native invasive plant that is taking over the county.
Siriol Butterworth Merlin Explorer Scouts Team Leader said “We were contacted by the CFF and learnt of their plans to eradicate the plant through a programme of mapping, pulling, cutting and strimming from the rivers of Carmarthenshire from the top of the river catchments down.
“The Merlin Explorer Scouts were planning their forthcoming programme of activities and the objectives of the project were “a good fit “, involving navigation, mapping skills and an appreciation of environmental matters”.
The recent planning application for a 32K poultry unit just outside Llangadog has been denied – BBC report can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-41484039
This is proof that public opinion can be used to influence Councils.
Thank you to all who wrote to object.
The Youtube video here https://t.co/s3BuFrm62z is a very good indication of Fish Legals thoughts on agricultural pollution. Well worth a look.
We would urge all members and non-members to study the consultation exercise above and respond accordingly
NRW have released the following statement below:
NRW proposals for new controls on fishing for salmon and sea trout
After careful consideration of our evidence and wishing to take full
account of the views we have received during our engagements with
customers and stakeholders, we are now proposing changes to fishing
controls to the salmon and sea trout net and rod fisheries.
We would like to make you aware that we have:
1. Advertised a new Net Limitation Order
2. Launched a statutory consultation on new byelaws for rod and
Both processes began on 22 August 17 and runs for 12 weeks.
The proposals include:
* Maintaining the same number of net licences in the 13 public
salmon and sea trout net fisheries
* Making consistent the start and end of the net fishing seasons:
* Shortening the netting season by starting net fisheries no
earlier than 1st May
* Ending the netting season on the 31st July
* Implementing full catch and release fishing on all net and rod
fisheries for salmon
* Requiring sea trout catch and release in rod fisheries on
vulnerable rivers before 1st May
* Setting a 60cm maximum size limit for sea trout in rod fisheries
* Implementing method restrictions (bait, barbless hooks and
trebles) so that released fish have a good chance of survival (Byelaws)
This is both a complex and, for many a contentious issue. In order to
help you, please find attached the executive summary to our technical
case, summarising our approach.
A full set of documents including the technical case, byelaws, and
response form can be found on our web site http://naturalresources.wales/catchcontrols2017
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us Fisheries.