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Events

May 27, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Brecon Canal

Anglers should be aware that on the weekend of  4th/5th  June a charity long distance walk is taking place in the Brecon Beacon National Park and that part of the route will be along the towpath of the canal, if you do fish the canal on these days be prepared for major distruption.   There will be 700 people taking part.

Nant Melyn Rivers Day

On the 2nd of June a River Fun and Wildlife Day will be held at Nant Melyn Road Rassau.   Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, see the fish and insects that live in our river, with willow weaving, arts and crafts.

poster 2 print (1) (click on first page and then again to see poster)

 

Fisheries News

May 15, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Brecon Canal

Anglers should be aware that on the weekend of  4th/5th  June a charity long distance walk is taking place in the Brecon Beacon National Park and that part of the route will be along the towpath of the canal, if you do fish the canal on these days be prepared for major distruption.   There will be 700 people taking part.

More news from Cyfarthfa Park

Malcolm Williams fished peg 2 yesterday (Monday) and caught 14 crucians, a 9lb carp and  2 bream, not bad for a few hours fishing, Malcolm fished liquidised bread in the feeder and sweetcorn on the hook.

Brecon Canal

I have just had a text from Dave Couzens who went over to the canal at Brynych Lock and fished from early this morning (Sunday), he weighed in 19lbs 7oz of quality roach, chub and dace all in 4 hours

Cyfarthfa Park

The park is fishing well, if you put a maggot on the hook you are guaranteed a Roach or Rudd almost immediately, they are taking bait really well.  This bodes well for the upcoming coaching sessions the Association will be doing with local schools.   Dan Lewis fished peg 1 and caught carp and bream, Sean Price caught 5 crucian carp and 3 bream using pellet hook bait from peg 43 on the grass bank.  Although Sean was using pellet his float was bobbing around as he was being pestered by smaller fish too small to take the pellet.

I fished the park on Friday afternoon and as I was setting up 2 women approached me and asked if I would help them to net a pigeon that had somehow fallen into the water down by the inlet.   I went down to the end of the lake , but the pigeon was too far out for me to reach it.   However, Julian Burns who was just finishing his shift with the council was there and he asked what the problem was, we explained about the pigeon, (it was alive).  Julian did not hesitate and grabbed a rake to feel the bottom and jumped in, waded out till he could net the bird and brought it back to the bank.   The bird was absolutely soaking and worn out I doubt if it would have lasted much longer.    Julian took the bird in the van up to the council yard to allow it to recover where it would not be pestered by anyone walking their dogs. Well done Julian and the 2 ladies for bringing the plight of the pigeon to our attention.

River Usk

With the recent rain the river rose and 3 salmon have been caught on our beats, 2 of which were taken on fly in the lagoon at the bottom Ysbytty beat.

Talybont and Cantref

Both of these reservoirs and fishing very well on buzzers.

A report by Ceri Thomas of Fishtec

Fishtec team members Mike Morgan and Rhys Davies fished Cantref on Tuesday evening (10th May), landing 6 wild browns to 8 oz and 3 overwintered rainbows to 1.5lb between them. Ceri Thomas Fished Talybont on the evening of 12th May, landing 7 browns to 2lb 8oz with a good number of pound plus fish. Local angler K Probert also had 6 fish on the same evening to 12 oz.  All fish were returned. Successful flies have been diawl bach, red tag wet fly, black buzzer and black tadpole, fished on floating line with long leader.

Don’t forget as a member of the Association if you produce your Association membership you will get a discount when shopping at the Fishtec shop in Brecon.

 

 

April Newsletter

May 10, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

April 2016

Changes to the Annual Rod Licence

May 6, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Below is the text of an email sent out by Rob Evans of Natural Rescourses Wales about the new licence structure the Environment Agency (England) and NRW wish to introduce.

Dear All,

Natural Resources Wales and the Environment Agency are consulting on proposed changes to rod licence duties and structures for 2017/18 (and then fixed until at least March 2020).

I attach for your information a copy of the formal notice which will appear in some newspapers and the Angling press in Wales and England from Friday, 6 May (including the Western Mail and Daily Post in Wales). I have also attached a brief summary of what the changes will mean and how they will work (this document will be available in Welsh soon).

There have been no changes to the rod licence duties for the past seven years and we trust the overall package, which includes proposals for a free junior licence, will be broadly welcomed by our stakeholders.

Regards,

Rob Evans

Rod Licence Duties proposed 2017 changes – Q&A 

Context: Natural Resources Wales together with the Environment Agency are placing statutory adverts in the Western Mail, Daily Post,  London Gazette (6 May 2016) and other media detailing our proposed changes to rod licence duties and structures for commencement from 1 April 2017.  The closing date for objections is 6 June 2016. 

Why do I need a licence?

We have a statutory duty to maintain, improve and develop migratory and freshwater fisheries. It is a legal requirement to hold a valid rod licence when fishing for freshwater fish, salmon, sea trout and eels.

Where does the money go?

Rod licence Income provides the funding to deliver our statutory duty to maintain, improve and develop freshwater and migratory fisheries, including the current fisheries service we provide to recreational anglers.

Why has the cost gone up?

We have not increased the cost of rod licences since 2010. We feel that there is much more that needs to be done to ensure angling and fisheries in Wales are the best they can be. Market research tested various price points and customers’ willingness to pay at various price points for both existing and the new products. Market research demonstrated that those asked were generally positive about paying for a moderate increase in fees if this would help raise additional funds to deliver the fisheries service required. So that we can continue to fund our fisheries work, we are increasing the licence fee.  By improving rod licence products and generating more income, we will;

  • improve the customer experience
  • encourage more people to go fishing
  • enable more anglers to buy rod licences, more frequently and easily on line.
  • reverse the decline in junior participation
  • improve peoples’ health and wellbeing and contribute to the economy
  • develop stronger partnership working with the third sector
  • increase the number of catchments in Wales where fish are achieving Good Ecological Status and hence WFD compliance.

In addition since reaching a peak in 2010 sales of junior licences have almost halved. Market research highlighted that the vast majority of anglers were willing to pay for a free junior licence (through a small increase to the full rod licence) as a way of increasing junior participation and in turn increasing the pool of future anglers.  Benefit to the customers are that juniors (12 – 16 yrs) can go fishing for free, increasing junior participation and family fishing and in the medium term increasing the number of people who go to buy full licences to provide funding for the sport and for environmental improvements.

The market research report demonstrated that the proposed remodelling of the licence structure found favour with our customers and provided key evidence of the willingness to pay suggested level of pricing was acceptable to customers and that it would help raise additional funds to deliver the Fisheries Service required.

What has changed?

With some one million unique anglers buying rod licences in Wales and England in any one year we receive frequent feedback on the nature and suitability of the licence products.

We’ve listened to feedback on how we can make the rod licences better.  As a result we’re proposing a more flexible licence that allows us to continue improving fisheries;

Changes include:

  • The full licence will run for a year from their first day of validity, which the customer can choose.
  • The customer will have the choice of a licence covering 3 rods as well as the standard 2-rod licence
  • Junior licences will be free (duty waived) although juniors must still register for a licence
  • There will be an option to upgrade from a temporary licence to a full licence
  • There will be easier payment options

The proposals to change licence structure and duties are supported by robust   market research, reflect common feedback from customers and are supported by angling stakeholder representatives.

Why are we moving to a 365 day licence?

Currently anglers can buy their licence at any point during the year however the licence will always expire at the end of March. We realise many angling trips take place in late spring and summer but we recognise that some anglers who buy later in the year feel they do not receive good value from their licence as they may only have limited opportunities to fish that licence year. A 365 day licence would offer a full 12 months of fishing regardless of when it is purchased in the year. Just over half of anglers we asked during Market research felt it would provide more choice, better value for money and less hassle.

How will the 365 day licence work?

The full annual licence will run from the time and date of purchase, or requested future start time and date, to 23:59 on the eve of the anniversary of purchase one calendar year latter.  

Will I still receive a physical licence?

We have listened to feedback, and understand the importance to anglers of receiving a physical licence, and will continue to provide this.

Will I still get a new picture on the licence?

From feedback we understand that the annual picture on the licence is a feature that anglers like.  We will continue to provide this.  Although the licence is changing to a 365 day licence, the picture will change annually in March.

Will I still get a reminder when my licence expires? 

Currently all anglers receive a reminder to renew licences in March onwards.  Moving to a 365 day licence will result in each individual angler having a different renewal date.  Depending on when you buy your licence you will receive a renewal reminder

Will I still be able to buy my licence over the counter at the post office?

We are being guided by government to transition to a more digital service. However, we realise a significant proportion of customers still visit their local Post Office to buy their licence. We are looking into options of how we can move to a more digital service while supporting those who do not wish to buy online and will continue to offer the counter service. We found the majority of customers who would be unlikely to buy online would do so if support was available.

How did we come up with the structure?

The proposals to change licence structure and duties are supported by robust   market research, reflect common feedback from customers and are supported by angling stakeholder representatives.

Who have we consulted with?

The proposals to change licence structure and duties are supported by robust   market research, reflect common feedback from customers and are supported by angling stakeholder representatives, including the Angling Trust.

Have you forecasted income/ sales?

The Market Research examined price elasticity and willingness to pay for the new range of products being offered. It is estimated the increase to prices and the new structure will bring an overall increase to income.  However, we also need to take into consideration the decline in sales and participation we have seen since 2010; however we still estimate a net increase in income

How long until you put the price up again?

No increase in duties for a minimum of three years.  After three years the duties will be reviewed, not necessarily increased at this stage.  

What qualifies as a concession?

The concessionary charge will apply to: persons aged 65 years or older, persons in possession of a Blue Badge parking concession, persons in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.     

 Why are concession licences also going up?

We have not increased the cost of rod licences since 2010. We feel that there is much more that needs to be done to ensure angling and fisheries in England are the best they can be. The market research tested various price points and customers’ willingness to pay at various price points for both existing and the new products.

Our market research demonstrated that those asked were generally positive about paying for a moderate increase in fees if this would help raise additional funds to deliver the fisheries service required.

How many rods does an annual licence cover me for?

A licence allows the use of up to two rods at the same time when fishing for freshwater fish and eels, subject to byelaws. 

How will a 3 rod licence work?

The 3 rod licence allows the use of up to three rods at the same time when fishing for freshwater fish and eels, subject to byelaws.

Why are we having a 3 rod licence?

Over recent years a significant minority of anglers, predominantly specimen carp and pike anglers, have made a case for being able to buy a single licence which allows 3 rods. We have listened to this feedback and to make it easier for these anglers, without reducing funds to benefit the majority, we are introducing a 3 rod licence in addition to the standard 2 rod version which will cost 1½ times the ordinary, 2 rod licence.

Market research found that 95% of current full coarse and trout licence holders who plan to fish with 3 rods would opt for a 3 rod licence. 

Why can’t I buy a 1 rod licence?

Previously licences covered anglers for 1 rod.  In the past we have listened to the feedback we received which showed that the majority of anglers wanted to have the option to fish with 2 rods, even if they often only fished with 1. We therefore allowed anglers to fish with an extra rod at no additional charge. Anglers wanting to fish with more than 2 rods now have an option to buy a 3 rod licence in addition to the standard 2 rod version which will cost 1½ times the ordinary, 2 rod licence.

While some anglers feel they should be allowed to fish with a 1 rod licence, it is important to stress that we set the duty at the minimum required to fund the work we do. By allowing 2 rods on a licence we maintained this minimum level of funding and accommodated the wishes of the majority of anglers. Introducing a lower priced 1 rod licence would inevitably mean a lowering of service. 

What do I need to fish with 4 rods?

Two full annual licences are needed.  Two full annual licence allows the use of up to four rods at the same time when fishing for freshwater fish and eels, subject to byelaws. 

Why can’t I have a single species specific licence (Sea Trout, Carp etc)?

This level of complexity in licensing structure would add significant costs and have significant enforcement implications. 

Why is a junior licence free?

The decline in junior rod licence sales over the past 5 years is well documented, since 2010 sales of junior licences have almost halved.   This is of course worrying for the future of angling and we have been investigating various options to reverse this decline and encourage younger anglers back into the sport.  Over 75% of customers would be happy for junior licences to be free to boost participation in this age group and secure the future of the sport.  Market research highlighted that the vast majority of anglers were willing to cover the costs incurred in order to provide for a free junior licence (through a small increase to the full rod licence) as a way of increasing junior participation and in turn increasing the pool of future anglers and securing the future of the sport. Benefit to the customers are that juniors (12 – 16 yrs) can go fishing for free, increasing junior participation and family fishing and in the medium term increasing the number of people who go to buy full licences to provide funding for the sport and for environmental improvements.
Why am I funding the free junior licence?

Since reaching a peak in 2010 sales of junior licences have almost halved.  Market research highlighted that the vast majority of anglers were willing to cover the costs incurred in order to provide for a free junior licence (through a small increase to the full rod licence) as a way of increasing junior participation and in turn increasing the pool of future anglers.  Benefit to the customers are that juniors (12 – 16 yrs) can go fishing for free, increasing junior participation and family fishing and in the medium term increasing the number of people who go to buy full licences to provide funding for the sport and for environmental improvements.

 Who qualifies for a junior licence?

Persons who have not reached the age of 17 on the date of registering of the licence.

Do I need to register for a junior licence?

Yes.  Although the junior licence is free, it is still a requirement to register for a licence.  As with full licences juniors must be able to produce a valid licence on request.

Will I still receive a physical licence as a junior?

The junior licence will now be provided free of charge, however juniors are still required to register for the licence and will receive a physical licence.  As with full licences juniors must be able to produce a valid licence on request. 

Why are short term licences going up disproportionately compared to a full?

The market research tested various price points and customers’ willingness to pay at various price points for both existing and the new products. Our market research demonstrated that those asked were generally positive about paying for an increase in fees for short term licences, if this would help raise additional funds to deliver the fisheries service required and is offset by the benefit that Anglers now have with the option to upgrade from a short-term to a full 365 day licence within a set period. 

How can I upgrade from a 1 or 8 day?

Anglers now have the option to upgrade from a short-term to a full 365 day licence within a set period. A single 1 or 8 day fee will be discounted from the full annual of the same licence type on upgrading. A fourteen day window from the date and time of expiry will exist to upgrade to a full annual. The window to upgrade will expire at 23:59 on the fourteenth day.  Market research found that a significant number of anglers we asked who are short term licence holders would make use of this new option. It would be particularly appealing to those new to the sport who may have the cost of a 1 day licence discounted when they upgrade to a full 365 day licence.

If I buy multiple short term licences will it become a full licence?

Only one 1 or 8 day fee will be discounted from the full annual of the same licence type on upgrading. 

What’s happening with net duties?

Net duties will remain unchanged for 2017. We will undertake a comprehensive review in 2016 of existing net duties, byelaws and Net Limitation Orders. Net duties were originally set based on average catch per licensee in the individual fisheries. We now need to determine how new fishery restrictions will impact on average catch per licensee in the various fisheries before setting new duties. The Environment Agency is talking the same approach in England.

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

NATURAL RESOURCES WALES

SALMON AND FRESHWATER FISHERIES ACT 1975                                               

ROD AND LINE FISHING LICENCE DUTIES

Pursuant to section 25 of and Schedule 2 to the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975, as amended, the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales gives notice of its intention to raise Rod and Line fishing licence duties and alter the licence structure for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020. The new duties will have effect throughout the Environment Agency areas as described in section 6(7) of the Environment Act 1995 and the Natural Resources Wales areas as described in section 6(7A) of the Environment Act 1995.

Duties (1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018, 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 and

1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020).

 

Licence type Licence Category 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2020 Structural Change
Non-migratory trout, char, freshwater fish (coarse fish) and eels Full annual (2) £30 365 day licence (4)
Concessionary annual (3) £20
1-day temporary £6 Option to upgrade to a full 365 day  licence (5)
8-day temporary £12
Junior annual (6) £0 Free junior licence
Full annual 3 rod licence £45 3 rod licence (4) (7)
Concessionary annual 3 rod licence (3) £30  
Salmon, migratory trout (sea trout), non-migratory trout, char, freshwater fish (coarse fish) and eels Full annual £82 365 day licence (4)
Concessionary annual (3) £54
1-day temporary £12 Option to upgrade to a full 365 day  licence (5)
8-day temporary £27
Junior annual (6) £0 Free junior licence

 

Notes:

(1) The rod licence duties advertised above are a raise from previously fixed Rod and Line fishing licence duties and alter the licence structure for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020, and will result in no increase in duties for a minimum of three years.

(2)  A licence allows the use of up to two rods at the same time when fishing for freshwater fish and eels, subject to byelaws.

(3) The concessionary charge will apply to:

(a)  persons aged 65 years or older,

(b)  persons in possession of a Blue Badge parking concession,

(c)  persons in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.

(4) The full annual will run from the time and date of purchase, or requested future start time and date, to 23:59 on the eve of the anniversary of purchase one calendar year latter.

(5) A single 1 or 8 day fee will be discounted from the full annual of the same licence type on upgrading. A fourteen day window from the date and time of expiry will exist to upgrade to a full annual. The window to upgrade will expire at 23:59 on the fourteenth day.

(6) Persons who have not reached the age of 17 on the date of registering of the licence.

(7) The 3 rod licence allows the use of up to three rods at the same time when fishing for freshwater fish and eels, subject to byelaws.

Any person who wishes to object to the proposed full annual, concessionary and junior duties for England must send a statement of their objection in writing to Rod Duties – Migratory and Freshwater Fisheries team, Defra, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR or email freshwater.fish@defra.gsi.gov.uk or for Wales, to Jeremy Frost, Marine and Fisheries Division, Welsh Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ or email jeremy.frost@wales.gsi.gov.uk to be received no later than  6 June 2016 and must send a copy of the statement of objection to The Fisheries Advisor (Rod Duties), Environment Agency, Horizon House, Deanery Road, Bristol BS1 5AH.

Peter Kellett, Director of Legal Services on behalf of the Environment Agency

David Cavell, Head of Legal Services on behalf of Natural Resources Wales