Foundation News

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Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs

Wednesday 27 July, 2016

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs

Our e-news of 30th June highlighted a worrying case of soil erosion in Powys affecting a Wye tributary, caused by the ploughing of a steep slope.

In the e-news we also asked subscribers to write to the First Minister over the incident and we are pleased to say that your responses have prompted the Cabinet Secretary for Environment & Rural Affairs to ask us to disseminate a letter of reply on her behalf. This letter can be viewed by clicking on the PDF.

WUF Trustees staff and Partners

Tuesday 5 July, 2016

Wye & Usk Foundation Chief Executive & Advisory Director Announcement

Dr Stephen Marsh-Smith OBE has led the Wye & Usk Foundation as Executive Director from its inception in 1996. Since then, he has overseen the building of fish passes, habitat restoration and innovative projects to rectify the effects of acid rain and diffuse pollution on our rivers. Much of this work is what is behind the recovery in fish numbers with the Wye now seeing the best salmon catches for 20 years.

On 1st July, Stephen took up the position of Executive Director at Afonydd Cymru, whilst also moving into an Advisory Director role within WUF. Simon Evans, previously Deputy Director, has taken up the position of Chief Executive at the Foundation.

Stephen commented: “Today I retire from the role of Executive Director of The Wye and Usk Foundation at a time when I feel confident that the Wye’s recovery will be in the safe hands of the new Chief Executive, Simon Evans, and the Trustees of the Foundation. Simon has been with the Foundation for over 12 years, latterly as Deputy Director, and has been instrumental in much of our work."

"I am delighted to accept the role of Advisory Director and Company Secretary of The Wye and Usk Foundation, and to continue my support of The Foundation and its work, an organisation which I founded over 20 years ago. ‎

"The River Wye’s recovery over this period bucks the trend of nearly every river in England and Wales, all of which have witnessed declines in their salmon stocks.”‎

"I would like to thank the huge number of fishery owners and anglers who have been so generous in their support during my 21 year spell with the Foundation, and also our partners including The Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales".

"Together with my ongoing support of The Wye and Usk Foundation, I shall be taking up the role of Executive Director of Afonydd Cymru, the umbrella trust for Wales’ river trusts, of which The Wye and Usk Foundation is also a member."

For the full press release, please use the Press Releases section on the left hand menu or click here.

The photo above is of WUF Trustees, staff and partners.

Thursday 19 May, 2016

WUF's 21st Anniversary Celebration

To celebrate the 21st birthday of the formation of the Wye and Usk Foundation, we are hosting the Rivers Trusts Spring Conference at the same location where WUF was formed, the Swan Hotel in Hay on Wye on the 19th to 21st May 2016.

For more details on the event (itinerary, list of speakers, activities etc) and to book a place, please see the Upcoming Events section.

Monnow Fisheries Assoc

Tuesday 23 February, 2016

2016 Monnow Rivers Association Auction

This Monnow Rivers Association auction is the main annual event to raise funds to continue work on Himalayan Balsam control on the Monnow and tributaries. MRA are aiming to be the first major catchment in UK to eradicate the wretched weed – after 6 years (and over 11,000 hours work!!) we’re almost there and, with your help, we’ll get it done.

Over 70 lots are being hosted by from 20th February to 2nd March 2016. See attached PDF or click here for information and details of lots.

ISCA 2016

Thursday 26 November, 2015

ISCA Angling Club

ISCA have some vacancies for the 2016 season - details can be seen in the attached PDF.


Thursday 26 November, 2015

Garway Fly Fishing Club

Garway have 3 vacancies for the 2016 season. Please see the PDF for more details.

Usk salmon

Tuesday 19 May, 2015

Environment Agency Advice on Fish Disease

There have been quite a few reports of diseased salmon and trout in the Wye and Usk this year. The attached PDF contains guidance and information from the Environment Agency.


Tuesday 11 November, 2014

Dayhouse Weir

Photos and details of the Dayhouse weir fish pass on the River Lugg, completed by the Foundation in October 2014.

isca flyer

Tuesday 11 November, 2014

ISCA AC (River Usk) vacancies

The ISCA Angling Club has vacancies for 2015. For more details, please the attached flyer. Anyone interested in joining can enquire by emailing the secretary:

Thursday 2 January, 2014

IBIS/AST Salmon Stocking Conference, November 2013

The IBIS/AST Salmon Stocking Conference was held at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel 27-28 November 2013.

All the speaker talks and Q&A sessions are now available to view online with streaming video and accompanied by the speakers' powerpoints by clicking here. They make fascinating viewing for anyone interested in fisheries management (photo: Neil Bellamy).

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