Suspended over the turbulent waters escaping from the Cardif Bay Barrage, engineers work to replace the safety netting above the water Photo John Clark

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.

Falling in is not an option on a job like this one (Photo John Clark)

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



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  1. Chris David says:

    Hmm- not sure about this at all. Salmon nor Sewin /Sea Trout will take a bait when entering fast water to conquer objects in their path. Salmon (sea trout are salmon family but as migratory trout do fed) don’t even feed in fresh water and have to be “provoked”

  2. Jackson says:

    I’ve always walked along there, thinking it unlikely those nets would take someone’s weight.
    I wonder if they would?

  3. John says:

    Very sporting of the ‘anglers’ – time to ban them all from public shores and banks.

  4. Chris David says:

    Ban ban ban ban- ban ban ban ban. Pythonese (sic) jobsworths with turn ups on their underpants required for new world order. Oh 500,000 should do it given the extent of the public shoreline not to mention rivers and lakes. Must know what a Greenwell’s Glory is.

  5. Frank Evans says:

    Is there such a thing as anti cycle nets?
    This would be great for the barrage speed brigade.
    Cue cycle be-moaners 😆

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