It is with great sadness that we must inform you that Mrs Janice Farr passed away today. Janice has been a stalwart of the Alliance for a long time. She was a qualified coach and has taught a great many children how to fish, she was also a keen competition angler and fished for many years with the ladies team. The Committee would like to take this opportunity to wish Bernard Farr and his family our deepest condolences. Janice will be greatly missed by the Alliance angling community
For the first time since stricter targets for phosphate levels were set for Wales’ rivers, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has today (21 January 2021) published an evidence package outlining phosphate levels for all river Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) across Wales.
There are nine river SACs in Wales – Cleddau, Eden, Gwyrfai, Teifi, Tywi, Glaslyn, Dee, Usk and Wye. These rivers support some of Wales’ most special wildlife like Atlantic salmon, freshwater pearl mussel, white-clawed crayfish and floating water-plantain.
The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) recommended that UK nature conservation organisations adopt tighter targets after considering new evidence about the environmental impacts of phosphate. In addition, the predicted warmer and drier weather resulting from climate change could reduce river flows during the summer, and so increase phosphate concentrations.
Following the new measures, this evidence review shows that overall, phosphorus breaches are widespread within Welsh SAC rivers with over 60% of waterbodies failing against the challenging targets set.
The river with the highest level of phosphate failures was the Usk with 88% of its water bodies failing their target. Previously published data about the Wye, as well as new data on Cleddau shows that over 60% of river sections failed their targets.
The lower Teifi and parts of the Dee also failed to reach the standards.
All waterbodies in three rivers in north Wales – the Eden, Gwyrfai and Glaslyn – as well as the Tywi passed their targets.
Ruth Jenkins, NRW’s Head of Natural Resource Management said:
“Phosphate can cause significant ecological damage to rivers and can lead to the process of eutrophication in rivers, a highly problematic issue.
“Conservation standards were tightened as a means of safeguarding the river environment and countering the impacts of climate change. The new targets set for phosphate levels in our rivers are challenging – but rightly so.”
Phosphate is naturally occurring, and is released slowly, at low levels, from natural sources, from natural bankside erosion for example. However, phosphates can also enter rivers from land management practices, sewerage and foul water that can contain detergents and food waste.
Each river and section of rivers will need different approaches and NRW will work with people and partners to create both national and local solutions. The report suggests a number of areas where work can be focussed, and includes working with planning authorities across Wales to help them understand what the findings of the investigation could mean for their planning processes.
Ruth Jenkins added:
“By sharing this information, we can all better understand how nutrient levels such as phosphate affect our rivers and we can work together with policy makers, businesses, land managers and residents to protect the river and the natural resources it provides for people.
“We all have a part to play to make sure that Wales’ rivers are healthy for future generations and we want to work with others to find innovative solutions.
“Simple changes we can each make in our everyday lives can help make a positive contribution to the reduction of phosphate levels and other forms of pollution affecting our rivers.”
NRW will commission further evidence reports to understand how Wales’ rivers comply with other ecological targets and will share the findings so that together everyone can contribute to making sure we have healthy river environments. For more information follow the link below
The next competition due to be held at Riverside on Sunday 10th Jan has been cancelled due to the Government lockdown
Following our previous announcement it seems we are having a consistent problem with the top pond gate continuing to being left open or unlocked. Currently our only option to ensure the safety of our fishery will be to change to lock and stop members using the current car park. We appreciate that this is a minority of members that are not protecting our waters but given the current situation if the gate still continues to be left open to the general public we will have to change the lock and members will have to arrange alternative arrangements to getting to the water. There has also been increased warnings given to those fishing 3 rods on the top pond as a reminder all our venues with the exception of Ponsticill and Dolygaer are 2 rod only. Those members in future using 3 rods will be asked to leave the venue.
Just a polite reminder, please can you ensure that if you are using any gates to access our waters that you ensure that they are locked immediately.With current restrictions we do not want to be put in a posistion where access gates are permanently locked to protect our fisheries.Any member found to be in breach of leaving any gates open or unlocked will have their key and membership revoked in the future.
The Chair and Committee would like to wish all our members a very happy christmas and a healthy new year
Below is a list of the weights of the carp stocked in Cyfarthfa Park (Pictures to follow)
Fish 1 -12lb 12oz, Fish 2 – 12lb 8oz, Fish 3 – 12lb 8oz, Fish 4 – 12lb,Fish 5 – 12lb, Fish 6 – 12lb. Fish 7 – 11lb 8oz, Fish 8 – 11lb 4oz, Fish 9 – 10lb, Fish 10 – 9lb 8oz
The list of the weights of the carp stocked in Top Pond (Pictures to Follow)
Fish 1 – 24lb 4oz, Fish 2 – 23lb, Fish 3 – 22lb 8oz, Fish 4 – 17lb 4oz, Fish 5 – 17lb 4oz, Fish 6 – 17lb 4oz, Fish 7 – 17lb, Fish 8 – 16lb 12oz, Fish 9 – 16lb, Fish 10 – 16lb, Fish 11 – 15lb 8oz, Fish 12 – 15lb 8oz, Fish 13 – 15lb, Fish 14 – 14lb 12oz, Fish 15 – 14lb 8oz, Fish 16 – 14lb
Whilst our waters remain open can we ask for a sensible approach to your angling.
SOCIAL DISTANCING IS NOT OPTIONAL AND MUST BE ADHERED TO. YOU SHOULD NOT INTERACT WITH OTHER ANGLERS ON MTAA WATER.
Our Bailiff team will be enforcing these measures as any noncompliance (you will be asked to leave our waters) which could result in further
restrictions to members access to our water.
5 Anglers fished Cyfarthfa Park Lake in terrible weather but they stuck it out. 1st was Mark Sweeney 21lb 4oz
2nd was Justin Price with 15lbs 6oz
3rd was Adam Toomey with 13ln 1oz
4th Craig Marshall with 9lbs
It is proposed to hold a coarse fishing match for members on Cyfarthfa Park Lake on Sunday 4th October. If you are interested can you please contact Mark Sweeney on 07780666398 or via the MTAA facebook page
Unfortunately because of Covid 19 no more senior matches will take place. Stay safe all and Doug says thanks for all the fun we have had and hopefully we will be able to compete again next year.
There will be an open match on this Sunday 13th September on Dol-y-gaer and Ponsticill .
On the weekend of 20 September there will be a two day match with 36 anglers fishing on Ponsticill and Dol-y-gaer and the pegs will be put out on Friday evening. Anglers who wish to pleasure fish this weekend may do so where there are no pegs numbers.
Des Ship did a promotional video for Sonubaits on Dolygaer yesterday
The Alliance has received a notification that Welsh Water will be releasing water from Cantref on the 15 July and Pontsticill on the 22 July.
Please take care when fishing the river on these dates as the water may suddenly rise and it may also be coloured