Clampdown on illegal fishing in the Menai Strait continues during coronavirus crisis
Patrols to deter illegal fishing in North Wales continue through lockdown, with measures in place to work within the government’s coronavirus social distancing guidelines.
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) staff are out and about this week, along with the Welsh Government’s sea fisheries department and North Wales Police’s rural crime team.
Their aim is to deter illegal fishing for seabass, trout and salmon in the Menai Strait.
“Our staff are out on patrol so that criminals know we are still watching out for them and taking evidence that will be used where we suspect offences have occurred.”
People are encouraged to check that fish they buy locally – particularly through social media – are from a legitimate source.
If anyone suspects they have been approached by or seen someone selling fish that may have been caught illegally, they should contact NRW’s freephone hotline, open 24/7, on 03000 65 3000.
There are bylaws in place which prohibit the use of certain nets from 1 April 1 to 30 November each year.
The restricted areas include the whole of the Menai Strait and most estuaries in Wales to protect migratory salmon and sea trout, as well as other species.
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