Anglers want Teifi pollution investigation stepped up

By Mike Lewis in Environment

TEIFI anglers are urging environmental experts to step up their investigation into last December’s major pollution incident which killed hundreds of salmon and brown trout on a stretch of water between Tregaron and Lampeter.

The incident was described as “an environmental disaster” by Salmon & Trout Conservation Cymru, and Natural Resources Wales officials subsequently confirmed that they had traced the source of the pollution to a farm in the Tregaron area.

Last week NRW confirmed their investigation into one of the biggest pollution outbreaks on the river in recent years was still ongoing.

“We continue to investigate the incident on the Teifi and we have gathered evidence to help decide on the appropriate legal action we need to take,” said a spokesman.

But members of Llandysul Angling Association – one of the groups most directly affected by the spillage – want the NRW probe to move up a gear.

Chairman Steffan Jones confirmed that four months on they were still awaiting information.

“Back in December they did warn us that the investigative process would take a few months,” he said.

“But it still would have been preferable to have heard something by now – we control 30 miles of the river and you’d have thought we’d have had some form of update by this stage.

“I keep hearing the term ‘ongoing’ being used - but no-one seems to know what that actually means. We can only go on what they tell us.”

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