A man has been arrested after environmental crime officers from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) spotted an illegal net in a mid-Wales river.
The officers were conducting a routine patrol of the River Teifi on Thursday (May 14) when they came across a net in the water.
Following an investigation carried out in partnership with Dyfed Powys Police, a man was arrested on suspicion of illegal fisheries offences in the Teifi valley.
At the scene, officers retrieved the net which contained seven dead sea trout.
David Lee, NRW’s North and Mid Wales Operations Team Leader, said:
“Thanks to the excellent work of our officers and Dyfed Powys Police we were able to prevent further damage to the Teifi sea trout population.
“We take any activity that threatens sea trout and salmon extremely seriously and this is especially true of illegal fishing.
“Nets can potentially capture large numbers of fish and given the current challenges facing stock numbers currently every sea trout or salmon taken represents another blow to our efforts to protect these iconic fish.”
Despite the current Coronavirus lockdown, NRW officers are continuing to patrol Welsh rivers and people are encouraged to check that fish they buy locally - particularly through social media - are from a legitimate source.
if you see any suspicious or illegal activity on our rivers please report it to the NRW incident hotline on 0300 065 3000.