Scheme offering £1000 reward for reporting poachers launched on Welsh river system.
A reward of up to £1000 is being offered for information about poaching on one of North Wales’ most important rivers.
Being the height of the salmon and seatrout spawning season the river Conway and its tributaries are a target for poachers between November and January. But in an effort to protect the valuable fish stocks, Environmental Agency Wales and Crimestoppers have joined forces to offer the reward to anyone supplying details about illegal activities that leads to a conviction.
The money for the scheme has been donated by the Conwy Valley Fisheries and Conservation Association, with people who witness anything suspicious or illegal on the river being asked to note down the number of people involved, descriptions, location, time and car registrations. Any information should be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
In conjunction with the reward, Environment Agency Wales officers are also carrying out routine inspections on hotels and restaurants around the area to ensure only legally caught fish are being served and are warning hoteliers and restaurant owners in North Wales not to buy fish from poachers.