Talybont Catch and Release Rescinded

Recently our Treasurer Tony Rees queried the reason why catch and release was imposed upon MTAA by Welsh Water.  The reply from Welsh Water below explains all.

We introduced catch and release only on our permits sold at Talybont and Beacons reservoirs with an aim of making the angling more sustainable. The same conditions are not directly transferable and applicable to your members or members of Osprey FF who have a lease on the Beacons reservoir as you have leases on the reservoirs which detail the conditions of your agreement.

To enforce catch and release on both clubs would require the change to be captured in your licence/lease and this was not the intention when we decided to move to catch and release for brown trout on permits sold by WW at our waters in the SE.

We would refer our members to the rules of the Association regarding the taking of trout the rules state “4 trout per rod per day”  size limit 10 inches, 25.4cm, tip of snout to tip of tail.  We would ask members to continue to practice catch and release on this wonderful reservoir, just taking the odd trout for the table.

Support Required Please

The following has been taken from the Sea Trout Fishing Forums.

The Association will be sending in some funding but we would like members to support this by sending us an amount they can afford, £ 1, £ 2, £ 3, £ 4, £ 5, Every little helps we must challenge this as it is now obvious that the present system relied on BY Natural Resources Wales for assessing Salmon stocks is not only flawed but bordering as they say in Parliament  to be polite: Sir you are a stranger to the Truth.

A Challenge to NRW/EA/CEFAS Stock Assessments – Support Needed!

A group of us in North Wales have been working closely with the NWATFCC (North West Angling Trust Fisheries Consultative Committee) in order to challenge NRW’s Stock Assessment and Reporting and resulting river classifications. Senior NRW Fisheries Staff seem unable to explain with clarity a number of key areas but will use the defence that they are using the same methodology as the rest of the UK.
To that end it is vital that any challenge is done on a joint basis with NWATFCC who are challenging the Environment Agency in England over precisely the same issue. A meeting took place in Lancaster on Wednesday 7th March between NWATFCC, the Angling Trust and the EA, at which Senior EA Fisheries Officers were unable to validate their data. As a result a suitably qualified statistician has now been employed by NWATFCC in order to:

• provide an independent evaluation of the validity and efficiency of the England & Wales national river stock status classification model for salmon
• review alternate models that can provide accurate historic stock attainment trend performance

The timescale for completion is three to four weeks. Whilst there can be no cast iron guarantees of success, this is fully supported by Mark Lloyd of the Angling Trust and we strongly believe that this has to be done, since if the EA/NRW model is declared invalid by an independent source, the whole case for the introduction of the Proposed Byelaws is undermined. We have also written to the Cabinet Secretary, Lesley Griffiths, to inform her of this action.
It would be unfair for our colleagues in England to bear the full cost of employing a qualified statistician, when we would stand to benefit from any findings which would support our challenge. A contingency fund of £5,000 is being raised, of which a Welsh fisheries contribution of £1,500 is suggested. To that end we are asking for contributions to establish that fund, which Mark Lloyd has kindly agreed to hold through the Angling Trust, ring-fenced for this specific brief. As a guide we are suggesting a contribution of £100 from Angling Clubs and £10 from individuals, although larger or smaller amounts would be gratefully accepted!

1. Cheques should be made payable to Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association who will forward all proceeds to Angling Trust.
2. Cheques should be posted to: Anthony Rees Treasure, Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association, 13 Alexandra Avenue, Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glam, CF47 9AE if you send your e:mail you will have a response by return. See below any unused funds will be used by AT/FL
We appreciate that this is very short notice however these are extraordinary times for game angling in Wales and that requires an extraordinary response.

Whilst the immediate aim of this money is to fund the independent statistician, after all payments have been met, we have requested that any residual funds be used by the Angling Trust/ Fish Legal to support campaigns which are beneficial to angling in Wales.

Please support this cause as well as making your colleagues and contacts aware of this action.
Thank you.

This appeal is for Fish Legal Angling Trust and any monies collected will be sent to them

The Association is sending this as we will not divulge our members’ personal details to anyone.

2018 Rod Licence

Its that time of year again when we have to renew our rod licences.  You can do so by following this link https://www.gov.uk/fishing-licences  this link should take you to the Governments licence pages.  Just follow the instructions to obtain your licence.  If you have to pay a fee for your fishing licence you are on the wrong website and we cannot be held responsible for that.


Licence type Trout and coarse 2-rod Trout and coarse 3-rod Salmon and sea trout
1-day £6 Not available £12
8-day £12 Not available £27
12-month £30 £45 £82
12-month – over 65 or disabled £20 £30 £54
12-month – junior (13 to 16) Free Free Free

New Keep Wales Tidy newsletter launched! Lansio cylchlythyr newydd Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus!

We wanted to let you know that we’ve launched a new Keep Wales Tidy e-newsletter (see below) – keeping everyone up to date with the very latest news and events, not to mention the different ways people can get involved with our work. You’ll find our first edition below.

We’re keen to spread the word and are encouraging all of our volunteers, Green Key sites, Green Flag sites, Eco-Schools to subscribe to the newsletter.

Because we value your support and are committed to protecting your privacy, we wanted to give you the option to sign up. All you need to do is complete this short online form.

We promise to never pass your information to other organisations and you’ll have the option to unsubscribe with every email you receive.

We hope you enjoy.

Mae 2018 yn flwyddyn bwysig i Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus ac rydym yn llawn cyffro wrth lansio ein cylchlythyr i’ch helpu chi i gael y wybodaeth ddiweddaraf am ein gwaith.  

Einhuchelgais yw y bydd 2018 – Blwyddyn y Môr yng Nghymru – yn drobwynt yn y frwydr yn erbyn sbwriel morol. Byddwn yn gweithio gyda Llywodraeth Cymru a sefydliadau ar draws pob sector i fynd i’r afael â’r mater trwy weithredu ymarferol, addysg ac ymgyrchoedd.

Gall pawb chwarae rhan i wneud gwahaniaeth cadarnhaol a pharhaus i’n hamgylchedd morol. Ymunwch â ni i ofalu am ein harfordir.

Lesley Jones
Prif Weithredwr

2018 marks a big year for Keep Wales Tidy and we’re excited to be launching our newsletter to help you keep up-to-date with our work.  

Our ambition is that 2018 will also mark a turning point in the fight against marine litter. We’ll be working with Welsh Government and organisations across all sectors to tackle the issue through practical action, education and campaigns.

Everyone can play their part to make a positive and lasting difference to our marine environment. Please join us in caring for our coast.

Lesley Jones
Chief Executive

Gwanwyn Glân Cymru, 1-4 Mawrth: arwyr yn ymgynnull!
Spring Clean Cymru, 1-4 March: heroes assemble!

Mae sbwriel morol yn berthnasol i fwy na chymunedau arfordirol yn unig – mewn gwirionedd, daw 80% o weddillion morol o ffynonellau ar y tir. Dyma pam yr ydym yn galw ar bobl ar hyd a lled Cymru i ddod ynghyd i’n helpu i lanhau ein gwlad.

Mae Gwanwyn Glân Cymru’n dechrau ar Ddydd Gŵyl Dewi ac rydym eisoes wedi cael ymateb rhagorol gan fusnesau, ysgolion, grwpiau cymunedol a sefydliadau eraill. Gyda’n gilydd, gallwn greu newid.

Canfyddwch sut y gallwch gymryd rhan

The issue of marine litter isn’t just relevant to coastal communities – in fact 80% of marine debris is from land-based sources. That’s why we’re calling on people across Wales to come together and help us clean up our country.

Spring Clean Cymru kicks off on St David’s Day and we’ve had a fantastic response from businesses, schools, community groups, and other charities. Together we can create change.

Find out how you can get involved

30 mlynedd o’r Faner Las yng Nghymru 
30 years of Blue Flag in Wales

Mae eleni’n fwy arbennig byth am ei bod yn nodi 30 mlynedd o’r Faner Las yng Nghymru.  Am dri degawd, mae rhaglen ryngwladol y Faner Las wedi helpu i godi safonau amgylcheddol i’r lefel uchaf.

I ddechrau ein dathliadau, rydym wedi lansio adroddiad newydd yn dangos pwysigrwydd y Faner Las i ymwelwyr a busnesau.

Mae dros 96% o bobl yn ymwybodol o raglen y Faner Las, gyda 90% yn deall bod y wobr yn golygu glendid, diogelwch ac ansawdd dŵr. Mae mwyafrif helaeth y busnesau yng Nghymru hefyd o’r farn bod y Faner Las yn cael effaith gadarnhaol.

Darllen yr adroddiad llawn

This year is even more special as it marks 30 years of Blue Flag in Wales. For three decades, the international Blue Flag programme has helped raise environmental standards to the highest level.

To kick off our anniversary celebrations, we’ve launched a new report showing the importance of Blue Flag to visitors and businesses.

More than 96% of people are aware of the international Blue Flag programme, with 90% understanding the award stands for cleanliness, safety and water quality. Businesses in Wales also overwhelmingly consider Blue Flag to have a positive impact.

Read the full report

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