Heritage fishery reopens

By Mark Elson in Local People

A NEW fishing season begins at one of the UK’s oldest heritage fisheries on June 1.

Black Rock Lave Net Heritage fishery, on the banks of the treacherous River Severn close to the Second Severn Crossing, is the last lave net fishery in Wales and takes a very limited number of fish under licence from the Environment Agency.

Spokesperson for the group, Martin Morgan, said; “Once again all eight licences have been taken up by local men. This is the tenth year of the current agreement with Natural Resources Wales, under which the fishermen agreed severe restrictions, one of which was to take a maximum of five salmon per month for the group. This agreement is seen as sustainable and members were assured it will preserve the future of the fishery.

“The fishermen have been very busy with net house, boat and net repairs in preparation for the start of the season, and we also recently exhibited at the Caldicot Castle family day.”

The fishery also featured in series 17 of the BBC’s Escape to the Country where presenter Jonny Irwin was taken lave net fishing.

“The fishery web site http://www.blackrocklavenets.co.uk has been upgraded and now carries a blog keeping people up to date with the fishing year, and the younger element of the group have added a Facebook page,” Martin added.

“All are very welcome to watch the fishing from the beautiful picnic site at Black Rock in Port­skewett during the season.”

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