Tony’s 80th Birthday

On Sunday Tony Rees, who has been our Treasurer from the inception of the Alliance over 50 years ago until last Wednesday when he finally handed over the reins to Rhys, enjoyed his 80th birthday with his family, committee members and coaches.  See the pictures below…….




Changes at he AGM held on Wednesday 14 Nov 18

At tonight’s AGM, members voted overwhelmingly (both in attendance and by post) to form a subsidiary company (namely Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance) to protect Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association’s current assets.
In-line with the formation of Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance, several irreplaceable stalwarts and founder-members of Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association gave up their current positions as officers of the subsidiary. On behalf of everyone, I would like to sincerely thank them for the monumental work they have done over the past 51 years. I may add that they will continue as they have always done, to play an active role within the organisation, but are training up younger blood for the future!
All updated contact details for any new officers can be found on our web page 
Rhys also wrote…………………..
Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who has made my tenure as Secretary over the past 4 years, a thoroughly enjoyable one and I would like to wish my successor Jonathan Walker all the best in his new role – I have no doubt he will prove to be an asset to the club. Jonathan can be contacted on this email address:
As I step aside as Secretary, I look forward to pursuing my new role as Treasurer of Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance under the guidance of Director Tony Rees. My new contact email address is:

Senior Coarse Competition – Riverside Fishery Llanbradach Sunday 11 Nov

The competitors who fished the competition at Riverside fishery near Llanbradach on Sunday 11 Nov stood in silence at 11am to remember those who have fallen fighting for our Country.

The result of the competition was:   1st Dave Couzens with 15lbs 12oz, 2nd John Coombs with 8lbs 4oz, 3rd Jim Howells with 6lbs 13oz.

Dave Couzens is the club champion for 2018 with 74 points, Dia Davies was 2nd with 70 points.  Well done Dave Couzens.


Institute of Fisheries Management Campaign for the Protection of our Rivers and Stillwaters

Dear IFM Members, supporters and friends,

We have launched a new campaign with our colleagues at Wildlife and Countryside Link and we need your help – our waters are in danger! 

The European Commission could soon weaken the protection of our waters, rivers, lakes and streams at the urging of lobbying by businesses and from some EU Member States. These weakened laws will be transferred to the UK and we would inherit watered down protections

Our waters are already struggling. In England and Wales, only 1 in 5 rivers are in good condition. The number of healthy rivers in England has declined from 27% in 2010 to 14% in 2017, imagine how bad the situation could get if water laws are weakened!

If officials weaken protections now it would have a fatal impact on valuable ecosystems and for countless birds, fish, mammals, and insect species that live on and in the water. It could have
a huge impact on you too, as our drinking water comes from these same sources.

But, you can help us stop this! 

Please take just a few minutes to help our campaign to ‘protect water’ and tell the
European Commission that you care what happens to our waters by filling in our simple form: .

Vote for our water

Our water is contaminated with nitrates, mercury, micro plastics and more. Rivers are crammed in tight corsets of concrete. Dams and other structures block the path of migratory fish. This is not the fault of laws. It shows us that the policy of water protection is not seen as important. The Member States and the EU Commission lack the will to implement it.

Changing the definition of what “good condition” means or extending deadlines to meet water protection requirements would only benefit businesses – not us humans and not nature. The
EU Commission must keep water protections strong and ensure that its members finally take water protection seriously.

The European Commission has recently launched a public consultation in which everyone can contribute their opinion on the future of water conservation. Their consultation is rather complicated, perhaps deliberately so to avoid getting too many responses!  But with our very simple campaign you can back our calls for healthy waters for people and wildlife in the UK with just a few clicks!

YES, I will help
A huge thank you from the Institute for helping to save our waters and our wildlife,

PS: This campaign involves more than 100 organisations from across the EU. We need a lot of people for this message to be heard by the Commission and, above all, to counteract corporate lobbying, for example from the chemical industry.

Inaugural Fisheries Meeting – Report by Chris White

From Chris White.

I have attached my notes from the meeting there were lots of good things raised but converting these into actions may be a different thing. As soon as I have the formal minutes I will send them to you.  It remains to be seen what happens next.  I am working with John, Mike and Reuben on putting the final touches to our evidence for the inquiry, there is a pre meeting on 7 November but I cant go as I am at finally fit enough to fish and I am going to the Tweed for 3 days fishing (Thurs/Fri/Sat), John will attend the pre inquiry meeting.  I have included a flow chart I have produced for our evidence presentation and would be interested for any comments you may have on this diagram, the red areas should addressed but instead NRW has focused on the blue areas as we are an easy target which costs nothing..