Conservationists could be set to scrap the ancient way of fishing for salmon on the Severn estuary. Fisherman had hoped that things were beginning to get better now that salmon had begun to come back to the river. Restrictions were introduced ten years ago to preserve stocks of salmon and it now looks likely that these restrictions will continue for another ten years at least.
Experienced fishermen are worried that there will be no incentive for younger men to learn the traditional old ways of fishing for salmon. The Environment Agency say the measures are in place to save the salmon for future generations. Maintaining restrictions for another ten years will keep stocks healthy.
Fishermen have until July 14th to object to the ten year extension to the byelaws.