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The Natural Resources Body For Wales (Limitation Of Net Fishing Licences) Order 2017

We are seeking your views on proposals for a new catch controls

It is proposed to have the new controls in place for the 2018 season.


The continuing fall in the number of returning adult salmon and sea trout to Welsh rivers has reached unprecedented lows in recent years and now threatens the future of many fisheries.

We are considering a number actions and measures which will help actively manage and reverse these trends. Ensuring both iconic species continue to play a vital role in our environment and culture.

We need to give more adult fish the chance to spawn if we are to ensure the survival of the species in Welsh rivers.

We have already asked anglers and netsmen to voluntarily release the fish they catch, we now feel after reviewing the evidence and liaising with our stakeholders it’s time to introduce further controls on fishing for salmon and sea trout.

The proposed catch controls include all Welsh rivers. We recognise the need for a fully integrated approach for our border rivers, we are working together with the Environment Agency to ensure that this happens in a practical and sensible way and will be subject to a later consultation.

The proposals are in three parts:

  • Net Limitation Order
  • Rod and Line Catch Controls (Byelaws) (expected consultation late August)
  • Border Rivers Catch Controls (Byelaws) (expected consultation late 2017)

Net Limitation Order


The Net Limitation Order is open for objection for 12 weeks from 1 August, 2017 until 24 October, 2017.

How to respond:

Net Limitation Order (NLO)

Any objection to the confirmation of the 2017 Order should be made in writing stating the grounds of the objection and giving an address to which correspondence relating to the objection may be sent. 

Objections should be submitted by 24 October, 2017 to Welsh Government. At the same time a copy of the objection should be forwarded to Natural Resources Wales address below.

By Post to:

Jeremy Frost, Marine and Fisheries Division,
Inland and Intertidal Fisheries Strategy,
CP2, North Core, 2nd Floor, Pillar MO2,
Cathays Park,
CF10 3NQ 

By email to

David Mee,
Salmon and Sea Trout Byelaws,
Natural Resources Wales,
Maes Newydd,
Neath Port Talbot
SA10 6JQ 

By email to

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