Many anglers believe that cypermethrin sheep dip has been banned, it has not, but its sale has been suspended.

Sheep dipMany anglers believe that cypermethrin sheep dip has been banned, it has not, but its sale has been suspended. Further-more farmers and others are still allowed to use up old stock and the problem is still with us. The marketing suspension is to allow the VMD (vets) to get more information from the manufacturers regarding the behaviour of cypermethrin in the environment, as if more evidence was required. In a progress report in April on the Pollution Reduction Plan the time-table remains the same, which is to look again at the problem, have another report or two and possibly decide something in five years time.

Another report is expected in mid June. There is a lot of pressure being applied to have the ban lifted and that will happen if we just ‘wait and see’. To quote from a recent letter “if we do not lobby strongly, besides failing our fisheries, we also run the risk of anglers being seen as ineffectual moaners who can then be ignored both in Cardiff Bay and Westminster”. In the April edition 51 of Gwlad it states that the only dipping chemical now available for scab control is the OP Diazinon.

Although it is less dangerous in the environment than cypermethrin it is still a serious pollutant in water-courses and can easily take over where the other left off. That is why WSTAA wants sheep plunge dipping banned altogether. It is a relic from the last century! The EAW staff have not surveyed all the rivers in Wales due to other important duties so it is imperative that we fill the gaps. As I’ve requested of Clubs before, please examine the rivers and streams for insects and make a record of what you find, or not find, as the case may be and we will need as much information as possible if the decision goes against having a healthy river environment. It is reported from the Teifi that the parr are unusually undersized and are taking longer to smolt. What’s the situation in your fishery?