Posted: Fri 1st Dec 2023

Joint patrols to combat poaching in the run-up to Christmas for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Friday, Dec 1st, 2023

Cross organisation patrols across North Wales are being carried out in the run-up to Christmas as part of efforts to protect fish populations from poaching.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) officers from North East and North West Enforcement Teams have teamed up with North Wales Police Rural Crime Team to carry out a series of night patrols to tackle poaching and rural crime during fish spawning season.

Officers are double-crewing police vehicles to provide a high visibility presence on the roads and rivers of North Wales.

Over the coming weeks there will be several similar patrols across North Wales.

This joint approach will seek to deter and detect persons engaged in illegal activity.

Illegal poaching can have a devastating impact on local fish populations, with numbers coming under particular threat during the salmon and trout spawning season, which usually occurs from around November to January.

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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