WAG consultation on “sustainable management of resources”.

Please take note of the fact that there has been a postponement of the deadline for submission of responses to this consultation – it will now be 30 September.

This has been set out in the letter below from Lesley Griffiths AM.

“Lesley Griffiths AC/AM
Ysgrifennydd y Cabinet dros yr Amgylchedd a Materion Gwledig
Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs
Bae Caerdydd • Cardiff Bay

In respect of the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources Consultation

There has been a great deal of interest in the Taking Forward Wales’ Sustainable Management of Natural Resources Consultation, launched on the 21 June. It is a real strength in Wales to have such engaged stakeholders providing us with their input and experience to help identify opportunities for Wales.

We have listened to our stakeholders and as such have extended the consultation period until the 30 September.

The written consultation is undertaken in parallel with active engagement with stakeholders both collectively through our roundtable group, and with individual sectors.

The consultation provides an opportunity for stakeholders across Wales to have a say on any legislation, which may be needed to address EU exit and whilst we are extending the consultation period, we would encourage early responses on these areas to help identify potential opportunities as early as possible.

This Consultation provides us with a further opportunity to work together to identify potential opportunities for Wales.”

I wish to thank those who have responded to the consultation and very much and welcome further responses.
Lesley Griffiths AC/AM
Ysgrifennydd y Cabinet dros yr Amgylchedd a Materion Gwledig
Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs”

In spite of this postponement, The CFF urges you to respond as soon as you can. As you will see from the post above we have provided some suggested responses to the main questions in the consultation. Please feel free to use these as you wish, send in your response soonest and let us make certain that the voice of anglers is heard clearly in the context of this consultation.

Last Edit: Aug 17, 2017 at 2:11pm by DRJ1


The Welsh Assembly Government has recently launched a consultation entitled “Taking Forward Wales’ Sustainable Management of Natural Resources” which includes far reaching implications for those who live, work and use our countryside, including a proposal to amend or revoke the Countryside Rights of Way Act 2000, to provide access to canoes, rafts or even paddleboards on any non-tidal water, rivers or inland waters anywhere, overriding restrictions under existing law.

Here is the link:


Please download the Response Form.
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CFF Meeting 15th August 2017

The next meeting of the Carmarthenshire Fishermen’s Federation is fast approaching.

Members and new members are most welcome.

The minutes will be circulated in due course.

We very much look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 15th August, Carmarthen Football Club, 7pm

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 – mike@carmarthenshirefishermensfederation.org

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.