Salmon return to Gwent river

SALMON are back in a Gwent river for the first time in more than a 100 years, thanks to a £750,000 river revamp.

Councillor Fred Wildgust of Pontypool claims to have seen two feet long salmon jumping in the Afon Llwyd behind Ty Nant Ddu.

It is thought to be the first sighting of salmon beyond the Pontymoel Basin in over a hundred years, and follows the installation of a £750,000 fish ladder by the Environment Agency earlier this year.

The ladder, fitted at the basin, allows fish to continue swimming up stream past the weir that had acted like a barrier to the salmon.

The sighting means the ladder is working. It is hoped the fish will go as far as Blaenavon.

Fred Wildgust said Pontypool could rival other tourism sites in Gwent such as Usk and Abergavenny.

"I encourage people to go to the weir near Ty Nant Ddu and have a look for the fish, especially after its rained. It’s phenomenal."

Torfaen council ecologist Kris Roberts said the sighting "Once we have got salmon going up there will be economic benefits on the area," he said.

Angling clubs on the Afon Llwyd will be about to promote their parts of the river as places where people can fish for salmon.

The officer explained that more work is now needs to be done to encourage the salmon to spawn, including habitat enhancement to the river.

As well as helping fish swim up stream, the ladder also assists otters who can use the pass to move up the river.

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6:48pm Fri 5 Dec 08

lewi says...

why would people fish the afon llwyd when you can get better fishing on the usk for 150 quid
why would people fish the afon llwyd when you can get better fishing on the usk for 150 quid lewi

11:13pm Fri 5 Dec 08

Dai the Milk says...

Cos the water's cleaner!
Cos the water's cleaner! Dai the Milk

12:41am Sat 6 Dec 08

Mrped says...

It's a good story, why knock it.

Thankfully, salmon,who would have passed through the Usk at Newport to get to the Afon Llwyd at Pontypool, arn't as parochrial as some of the contributors to this forum.


It's a good story, why knock it. Thankfully, salmon,who would have passed through the Usk at Newport to get to the Afon Llwyd at Pontypool, arn't as parochrial as some of the contributors to this forum. Mrped

2:51am Sat 6 Dec 08

mintex says...

i really cant believe that fred wildgust has asked people to go to the weir at ty nant ddu to look for salmon,what a complete fool this man is,does he not realise that by telling everyone exactly where the salmon can be seen he has now opened the floodgate for salmon poachers, salmon coming up river at this time of year are coming to spawn now they will be disturbed thanks to fred wildgust, its no wonder this country is in a mess with councillors like this idiot spouting off
i really cant believe that fred wildgust has asked people to go to the weir at ty nant ddu to look for salmon,what a complete fool this man is,does he not realise that by telling everyone exactly where the salmon can be seen he has now opened the floodgate for salmon poachers, salmon coming up river at this time of year are coming to spawn now they will be disturbed thanks to fred wildgust, its no wonder this country is in a mess with councillors like this idiot spouting off mintex

5:35pm Sat 6 Dec 08

lewi says...

lol the water is cleaner in the afon llwydd is it? i doubt it. and i guess if poachers wanted salmon or sewin from there they would net them in caerleon not pontypool coz they gonna be less spread out as they come off the tide.
lol the water is cleaner in the afon llwydd is it? i doubt it. and i guess if poachers wanted salmon or sewin from there they would net them in caerleon not pontypool coz they gonna be less spread out as they come off the tide. lewi
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