Elin Jones, AM for Ceredigion, has urged the Welsh Government’s Minister for Culture and Sport to ensure greater access to rivers through voluntary agreements, balancing the interests of all users.
Last week, a large delegation of anglers, including representatives from many Ceredigion clubs, attended the National Assembly to hear about plans for possible future legislation on river access. Elin Jones raised the issue with the Minister in a debate in the Senedd.
Local Plaid Cymru AM for Ceredigion, Elin Jones, said,
“Angling is a very popular sport in Ceredigion, and also attracts tourists all year round. Local angling clubs throughout the county have invested in our rivers and in fishing rights, and are key to the responsible management of fish stocks and the wider environment. They are community-owned, popular organisations.
“Access to rivers for all sportspeople is important, and I would urge the Minister to consider access through voluntary agreements rather than rushing into legislation. Voluntary agreements are the best way to balance the needs of all the different river users.”