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Monday 28 June, 2010

Canoeing in Wales – Report from the Sustainability Committee

The long awaited report from the sustainability committee has been published and may be found at:

Although 65 pages long, pages 35 -65 comprise annexes and a list of those who submitted oral and written evidence, the latter taking some 25 pages to list! It is recommended reading and we commend the Committee for engaging with such a weight of evidence and coming to a conclusion when such a diverse range of extreme views exist.

There are 13 recommendations for the Minister, Jane Davidson, to consider. Essentially, the document proposes that voluntary agreements are the access method of choice and that these should be set up where possible. A number of other proposals are included to support this principal.
Mention is made in several sections of the agreements set up by the Wye and Usk Foundation (which currently operate above Hay and Crickhowell) and there is cause to believe that, as the only successful arrangements in force in Wales, they played a significant part in the resultant recommendation for voluntary agreements.

There are, however, two recommendations that need particular consideration in respect of the lower Usk where no agreement is in force:

• Recommendation 6. The legislation referred to in recommendation 5 should also place power on a lead authority to designate such bodies of water as ones to which access rights would attach compulsorily if no voluntary agreement could be reached.
• Recommendation 8. We recognise that neither the Welsh Ministers nor the Assembly currently have legislative competence to implement recommendations 5-7 and recommend that such legislative competence is sought as soon as possible.

The next step will be an announcement from the Minister in respect of any changes the recommendations might bring to the existing access strategy.

We will update this page accordingly.

Tuesday 22 June, 2010

Eel Talk

Tues 22nd June, time and venue to be confirmed. Matt Gollock from the Zoological Society of London talking on eel conservation (see article attached from the Zoological Society of London's 'Wild About' magazine). £10 entry donation to LAFA.

Thursday 3 June, 2010

An Urgent Appeal from The Wye & Usk Foundation

An appeal to all Wye, Usk and Severn owners, fishers and supporters to help to fund the buy off of the remaining putchers.

Monday 15 March, 2010

Future plans for the Usk.

Tuesday 2 March, 2010

River Usk March brown survey

Want to help us determine the distribution of March browns on the Usk?

Monday 23 November, 2009

Electrofishing Preview 2009

The attached file gives results of WUF and partners projects where long term datasets are available. You should allow plenty of time to download. Please let us have your views on what these data show.

Sunday 1 November, 2009

Atlantic salmon - what happened in 2009

A talk at WUF's 2009 annual meeting on Friday 23rd October.

Tuesday 30 December, 2008

Wye Salmon Catches 2008

WUF Press Release - Wye rod catches exceed 1,000 for first time in 12 years.

Thursday 28 August, 2008

Riverfly course details

Please click on this link to see details for Riverfly courses to be held at Pembridge on 12th and 13th September 2008

Thursday 31 July, 2008

Wye and Usk Foundation on Radio 4

This week Simon Evans the deputy director of the Foundation featured on Radio 4's "Farming Today" as this week they were focusing on the role of angling. Standing next to the Edw with Farmer Jeff Davies they discussed the work of the foundation and the merits of the passport scheme in providing a revenue for farmers whilst supporting habitat improvment.
You can listen to it Here

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