Last week we witnessed both success and a severe let down. WE MUST ACT…FAST!
With many from our fishing community, I attended Natural Resource Wales Board meeting on the 18th January in Bangor, Gwynedd and witnessed what I can only describe as an injustice as the NRW chair Diane McCrea took the decision to present the NRW Fishery Bylaws, essentially unchanged, to Welsh Government.
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We had a fight on our hands….we now have a battle.
I urge you to now lobby your Welsh Assembly Members and make them see that NRWs bylaws do not represent the appropriate means of establishing community lead fisheries in the now and therefore for the future.
I urge you to share our story with local papers; local media and social media and I urge you please…LETS GET MANY MORE SIGNATURES. We may only have days to do this….the timescale is now unclear.
The greatest frustration for all of us who witnessed proceedings at the Board Meeting of the 18th is that the majority of the non executive Board, understood our plight:
they stated the fishing community had been ousted from the process; they called for an alternative approach to be developed in partnership with us (as should always have been the case); and they recognised NRW are in no position to police the proposed system. All members of the Board recognised the need to tackle riverine habitat issues and made the promise to implement a strategy to deal with them…..all of this shows our voice has been heard! WORKING TOGETHER WE ARE INFLUENCING FOR EVERYONES BENEFIT.
THEN……came the sledge hammer blow! The Boards Executive Members effectively ignored the wisdom of the non executive. Suddenly, it was about no more time wasting; no more expenditure; no more listening……to us. We are not on their agenda ladies and gentleman….WE MUST PUT RIGHTING THIS WRONG AT THE TOP OF OURS.
Even though their very own Board stated the way forwards must be shaped by those who are most impacted by the measures…..US…they were ignored!
Please forward this message now….it’s our last chance.
‘Thank You’ for all you have done and your continued support,