CROSS-PARTY PRESSURE MOUNTS ON NRW TO DROP  RESTRICTIONS AGAINST BLACK ROCK LAVE NET FISHERMEN

CROSS-PARTY PRESSURE MOUNTS ON NRW TO DROP 
RESTRICTIONS AGAINST BLACK ROCK LAVE NET FISHERMEN

Cross-Party pressure is mounting on Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to drop their unfair salmon catching restrictions against the Black Rock Lave Net Fishermen – who’ve been forced to close the fishery in their centenary year.

Senedd members John Griffiths (Labour), Nick Ramsay (Conservative) and Delyth Jewell (Plaid Cymru) will jointly table a Statement of Opinion when they return to Cardiff Bay next month in support of fishermen. The group, who on average catch six salmon a season have stopped after NRW claimed their catch was adversely affecting salmon levels in the Severn Estuary.

The Statement will read:

This Senedd:

  • Recognises the cultural and historic significance of the Black Rock Lave Net Fishery to Wales, across the U.K. and worldwide.
  • Applauds the work of the Fishermen over the years to engage with local communities, schools, shows, events and media to spread knowledge and develop interest in the fishery.
  • Acknowledges the average catch of 6 salmon per season is insignificant in the light of the residual mortality of catch and release in a salmon and trout rod fishery.
  • Calls on Natural Resources Wales to accept the distinct nature, cultural and historic importance of the Black Rock Lave Net Fishery and adapt its policies and regulation.

John said: “It’s a great shame and it seemed to me there was a recognition that lave net fishing was in a different category to other fishing in that it is a tradition. It seemed it was about keeping this going, not just for the area but worldwide.”

Nick said:  "The lave net fishermen are an important part of the culture and heritage of this part of the Severn Estuary.  It’s important NRW review the regulations so salmon fishing can continue and the fishermen’s way of life can be properly protected."

Delyth said: “I commend the outreach work that the Black Rock fishermen undertake, which has always ensured that they have a valued place in our community.  It’s evident to me that they are a unique case, and I’d urge NRW to drop the restrictions against them.”

The Black Rock Lave Net Fishermen have set up a petition against the NRW’s restrictions and are now less than 400 signatures away from hitting the 5,000 mark.  You can find it at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-black-rock-lave-net-heritage-fishery .