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Complainant Name:
Dr Stephen Marsh-Smith

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Trout & Salmon


Dr Stephen Marsh-Smith of the Wye and Usk Foundation complained that the article included a number of inaccuracies in its river report on the River Wye. The report incorrectly stated: that no one was really counting the number of fish on the redds; that the Wye and Usk Foundation wage bill was spent on cutting down trees to make barbel swims; and that the foundation had committed an act of vandalism by cutting gaps in the trees of a salmon fly run.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following apology:

"I must begin this report with an apology. In my November column I accused the Wye and Usk Foundation of an act of vandalism, claiming they had cut gaps in the trees of a famous fly run - Gilbert's, on Ingeston - so as to accommodate barbel anglers. I now realise I was misinformed. Gaps were created in the bankside vegetation in order to make three swims, but no trees were cut down. The work was carried out by other contractors with the appropriate consents from Natural England."

Date Published: 19/01/2012

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