Illegal fishing: patrols stepped up on Menai Strait

Natural Resources Wales

Environment officers say they’re continuing patrols to crack down on illegal fishing during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Natural Resources Wales are keeping a close eye on the Menai Strait this week to deter fishing for seabass, trout and salmon.

Staff are working alongside Welsh Government officers and rural crime detectives from North Wales Police – with extra measures in place to keep within social distancing guidelines.

Vanessa Lang, NRW team leader in the North, 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.”

Sea Fisheries Bylaws prohibit the use of certain nets between 1st April and 30th November every year across most Welsh estuaries, including the whole of the Menai Strait. It’s aimed at protecting migratory salmon and sea trout, as well as other species.

NRW says its encourages the public to check that the fish they buy locally – particularly through social media – are from a legitimate source.

Anyone who notices any suspicious activity or may have been approached by someone selling illegally caught fish could call Natural Resources Wales on 03000 65 3000.

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