Agency Urges Caution For River Users During Spawning Season

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Environment Agency Wales is urging users of rivers in South Wales (specifically, the Taff, Usk, and Wye catchments) to take extra care due to the current spawning activities of salmon and sea-trout.

The Agency has received reports of people using the rivers Wye and Usk on sensitive spawning grounds in recent weeks.

Knowingly disturbing fish during the spawning season can damage fish populations and is a criminal offence.

The fish lay their eggs in ‘redds’ in the riverbed and some activities on or in the river during low flows can be very damaging.

The Agency says most local outdoor activity organisers and river users act responsibly and follow its advice to avoid disturbing fish at this time of the year.

Chris Rees from Environment Agency Wales, said:

“Anyone who is involved with rivers needs to be aware that this is a critically important time of the year for salmon and sea trout.

“They spawn in gravel beds and if they are disturbed or trampled on, the eggs may be destroyed. They are particularly vulnerable when rivers are low – which they are at the moment.

“Areas of particular concern include the Rivers Usk and Taff, and the Upper Wye from Builth to Rhayader, where some river access points are very close to salmon spawning grounds.”

Further information on access points is available from the Wye & Usk Foundation.

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