Natural Resources Wales (NRW) Fisheries Enforcement Officers have arrested two men for suspected illegal poaching on the River Taff at Radyr, Cardiff.
The two men, aged 19 and 22, from Church Village and Aberdare, were spotted by officers during routine patrols last night.
They were found leaving the river in possession of two salmon, one sea trout, two fishing rods and a box of fishing tackle, which were all confiscated by the officers.
Both men are now pending prosecution.
Stephen Barker, Senior Environment Officer, Natural Resources Wales said:
“This is a really important time of the year for salmon, where they enter the rivers to reach breeding grounds, so we’ve had extra patrols on the look-out for poachers.
“Not only did the men not have a licence to fish, but they were also fishing in a restricted area. Salmon stocks on the Taff are at risk, so there are byelaws in place which mean anglers have to return salmon to the river to keep stocks sustainable for the future.
“It’s our job to look after the wildlife in our rivers and we take poaching very seriously. If anyone spots signs of poaching they should report it via our incident hotline on 0800 807060.”
NRW has installed fish passes over Blackweir, Llandaff and Radyr weirs to help salmon and other migratory fish successfully pass over the weirs and reach important breeding grounds. This is part of an ongoing programme of work to encourage salmon to breed naturally in Welsh rivers.
These have been joint-funded by the European Fisheries Fund and the Welsh Government.