Investing in the future of Salmon in Afon Tryweryn

Constructing the gravel trap

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is delivering a project to boost future salmon stocks in the River Dee. The work involves creating additional spawning area for salmon in the Afon Tryweryn, one of the main tributaries to the river Dee.

This involves importing 180 tons of gravel to create a better environment for the fish to spawn.  

Gethin Morris, NRW’s Denbighshire Fisheries Technical Officer said:

“Angling and angling tourism is worth millions to the Welsh economy, and we have an important job to do in ensuring that fish stocks are preserved for future generations.”

“The habitat we’re improving in the Afon Tryweryn is a very important rearing area for young salmon. Creating ideal spawning conditions will, in time, boost the salmon population in the River Dee.

“Juvenile fish will spend two to three years in the river and then up to three years feeding at sea before returning to their river of birth as adults.

“This is a long-term project as we look forward to seeing the first fish returning to the Afon Tryweryn to spawn in about five years.”

Since April 2018 young anglers have been able to fish for free (age 13-16) to encourage more young people to take up the sport but all anglers need to register for a fishing use

You can find out more information on obtaining a rod licence here

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