New “Safety Nets” – apparently designed to dissuade anglers from casting their lines at the entrance to the fish pass alongside the Penarth Barrage Locks – are in the process of being installed.
The existing nets had been seriously damaged in a succession of winter storms.
Yesterday engineers worked from a gantry, suspended by a crane over the turbulent water, to place new netting in position.
Many people had assumed the safety nets were intended as a “health and safety” anti-suicide measure, but it appears the real reason is to stop anglers taking unfair advantage of the fish – particularly salmon – fighting their way upstream against the torrent of water to spawn in the rivers Ely and Taff.
The two once heavily-polluted rivers are now becoming clean enough to sustain stocks of wild salmon and other freshwater fish