Posted: Tue 28th Apr 2020

Clampdown on illegal fishing in the Menai Strait continues during coronavirus crisis

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Apr 28th, 2020

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. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Vanessa Lang, NRW Team Leader in North Wales said: “We remain determined to prevent illegal and reckless behaviour by a small minority that damage our native fish stocks and natural environment. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“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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