NRW Convictions

Carmarthen bay – Three rivers drift netting court case.

Llanelli magistrates court on the 23rd June 2017

DAVID JOHN THOMAS from Swansea and RICHARD PULLEN from Gorseinoin pleaded guilty for drift net fishing in a unpermitted red area of the Carmarthen bay, Three rivers area, on the night and early hours of the 18th/19th May 2016.

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More Himalayan Balsam work above Llandeilo Bridge


Before Balsam Cutting

After Balsam cutting

Work is continuing in earnest with regard to the Himalayan Balsam project.  The picture which accompanies this post shows  a beat above Llandeilo Bridge. Pictures like this are being kept of all the work being undertaken. This is important so that we can feed back to affiliated member clubs and grantors.

The CFF Team want to thank the many volunteers who have undertaken the essential mapping and to Jamie Harries and Mike Hill for coordinating the work programme with our approved contractors.

A detailed presentation of the work undertaken during the 2017 season will be presented at the CFF meeting on the 15th August, 2017.


Himalayan Balsam Cutting Rhandirmwyn

Uncut Himalayan Balsam – Early cut prevents the plant seeding

Cleared Himalayan Balsam

Deane Cutting the Himalayan Balsam

This week Deane has been out in all weathers tackling the Himalayan Balsam on the upper waters of  the Towy near Rhandimwyn. He has cleared approximately 2 kilometres of double bank as can be seen on the map here Balsam Map The pink dots represent areas cut and the blue are areas to be cut. Still a long way to go but a good start.

Our thanks to the farmers and landowners in the area for their co-operation with the project.

Anglers are now getting on board with the Pull 50 incentive. One angler has reported pulling 50 plants in 15mins. If you’re out on the river take 15mins to Pull 50.

NRW presentation at CFF meeting – Agricultural Pollution – Huwel Manley

Huwel Manley, NRW Operations Manager gave a presentation on recent agricultural pollution matters and what is being done to address these. Huwel stated that any pollution incident was one too many, although often it was a small number of farmers that tended to be responsible for pollution incidents.  The majority of slurry pollution incidents that do occur in Carmarthenshire tend to emulate from dairy farms.

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Summary of NRW presentation at CFF meeting 09 May 2017 – by David Mee

Summary of NRW presentation at CFF meeting 09 May 2017 – by David Mee

A shared vision:
• Fisheries in Wales are iconic and highly valued; Fish are valued as an important natural resource for Wales and are to be managed within sustainable limits; The status of Welsh fisheries is an indicator of the health and resilience of the natural resources of Wales; Fisheries contribute to viable, vibrant communities in Wales

Fisheries context:
– Exploitation should only occur where stocks of salmon and sea trout are sustainable
– We broadly seek to achieve a measure of equity between rod and net components of the fisheries
– Healthy and resilient salmon and sea trout stocks are for the wider benefit of fishermen and fisheries interests, but also for the broader public

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CFF Meeting Tuesday 15th August 2017

The next CFF meeting will take place on Tuesday August 15th  7pm at Carmarthen Football Club, Richmond Park, Priory Road SA31 1HZ Tel 01267 610217

The Agenda and minutes will be circulated prior to the meeting

If you would like to be included in the circulation contact Mike Hill –

Please come even if you are not a member – as an individual you can join on the night for just £15 for a year’s membership.

Sir Gareth Edwards CBE – Our New President

It has been announced that Sir Gareth Edwards CBE has agreed to become the President of the Carmarthenshire Fishermen’s Federation.

26.08.11 AW Jones with Gareth Edwards fishing.
© Huw Evans, Cardiff

Chairman, David Saywell said “We are all delighted that Gareth has agreed to lend his support to the work of the CFF which represents the 2000 plus fishermen who fish the rivers of Carmarthenshire. Gareth has had a lifelong passion for game angling, something that the rivers of Carmarthenshire are famous for. The CFF is actively working with associated bodies such as Afonydd Cymru, the West Wales Rivers Trust, other organisations and Natural Resources Wales to address the key issues of better water quality, improved habitat and reduced predation”.

Gareth said “Carmarthenshire is blessed with fabulous rivers. I have had a long association with them and on their day, they are some of the best in the World. Their economic and social benefits are enormous.

If I could fish every minute of every day that would be part of heaven. I suppose it is in the blood from the early days. There is so much to learn – the worm, the spinner, the fly and all the waters of the world, or at least my world, Wales.

The Federation is actively looking for ways of improving the aquatic environment and fish stocks and it is my intention to work closely  with the CFF in order to attain these goals.

Much can be done if we all work together.”