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Local limited angling allowed in Wales

Local, limited angling is to be allowed in Wales. Clubs have been informed by NRW that it was “limited return to angling” and would be allowable as a permitted part of an individual’s daily exercise providing this was on a local basis only; it didn’t involve driving (walking and cycling from the angler’s home to the water is permissible); social distancing rules were maintained; anglers must have a valid rod licence, adhere to fishery byelaws (including the close season), and have permission of the fishery owner. If this was not possible then “anglers and angling should continue to follow the Stay at Home guidance issued by the Welsh government.

The news came as people in Wales were allowed to drive to DIY stores and garden centres, and questions were asked about angling.

In a Tweet today (May 12), Wales ex-First Minister, Athro Carwyn Jones AS/MS had told Welsh anglers that it had been confirmed to him that angling in Wales “is permitted as long as: you can get to the river/lake/reservoir without driving. You are local. You socially distance”.

The Angling Trust later welcomed the decision to allow limited, local angling in Wales but stressed it wanted Welsh anglers to have the same opportunities as their counterparts in England.

“We strongly advise that the Welsh Government adopts the comprehensive steps laid out in our When We Fish Again document so there is parity with England. Our report lays out safe ways in which individual anglers and fisheries can operate during the COVID-19 pandemic”, said Angling Trust CEO Jamie Cook in a letter to First Minister Mark Drakeford.

NRW’s advice to anglers was to check before fishing.

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