As winter arrives, having extra eyes on the rivers helps protect salmon and trout at a particularly vulnerable time.
Winter grayling and coarse anglers are asked to take extra care not to disturb spawning fish or their redds. A misplaced wading boot can have serious consequences for the fragile eggs buried in the gravel.
Nearly every year we hear first and second hand accounts of fish being removed from their spawning grounds by poachers. Yet are all these cases reported to fisheries enforcement?
Any angler who has an interest in the conservation of fish stocks (and we know that is most!) has a duty to report these incidents as soon as possible to Natural Resources Wales on 0300 065 3000 or, if in England, to the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60.