Posted: Thu 30th Nov 2023

Joint patrols to combat poaching in North East Wales

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Nov 30th, 2023

Cross-organisation patrols are being undertaken in North East Wales to help protect fish populations from poaching in the run-up to Christmas.

The unique collaboration between Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and North Wales Police aims to address the escalating concerns of poaching and rural crime, particularly during the fish spawning season.

The NRW officers, teaming up with the North Wales Police Rural Crime Team, have initiated a series of night patrols. These patrols are not just a mere presence; they are a strategic move to provide high visibility in critical areas, both on roads and along rivers.

By combining forces, the teams are setting up a formidable front against those engaged in illegal activities.

The significance of these patrols cannot be overstated. Fish populations, especially salmon and trout, are extremely vulnerable during their spawning season, which typically spans from November to January.

Poaching during this period can have catastrophic effects on these populations. The impact extends beyond the environmental damage – it also hits the angling industry, a multi-million-pound sector in the Welsh economy.

NRW is also urging the public to be vigilant and to report any information they may have on illegal poaching to its incidents team.

Rhys Ellis, NRW Environment Team Leader, said:

“Even small numbers of fish being illegally poached can have detrimental effects on the fish stocks, and any offences can affect the populations for years to come. It can also impact the angling industry, which is worth millions of pounds to the Welsh economy every year. If you see any suspicious or illegal activity, then please report it on our incident hotline on 0300 065 3000.”

Sergeant Peter Evans of North Wales Police Rural Crime Team, said:

“Collaboration on evening proactive patrols is vital. By working together, we can target those set out on committing rural crime. I would also ask the public to be vigilant, keep your eyes peeled in relation to poaching, and inform the Rural Crime Team via our live webchat if you come across such an incident.”

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