Falling fish numbers proof of Welsh Labour’s environmental failures
Welsh Conservatives have accused Labour of a lacklustre approach to environmental protection following figures showing a decline in salmon and sea trout numbers.
Figures released by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) show that salmon and sea trout numbers are at the lowest levels since records began in the 1970s.
The Welsh Conservatives have called on Labour to implement an Independent Office for Environmental Protection in Wales in order to hold public bodies to account in protecting the environment.
Figures obtained by the Welsh Conservatives have revealed that the Interim Environmental Protection Assessor receives an astounding £425 a day.
Last year, a report by the RSPB found that, using the UN’s Biodiversity Intactness Indicator, nature in Wales has declined perilously, with little over half of its plants and animals remaining.
Commenting on the news, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Climate Change Janet Finch-Saunders, MS said:
“Once again, we see the real effects of 23 years of Labour’s lacklustre approach to environmental protection on the wildlife in Wales.
“Rather than hollow words and empty rhetoric, we need decisive action from Labour ministers.
“It is long past time that ministers stood up and took responsibility for their failures and implemented an Independent Office for Environmental Protection in Wales.”
NRW has released latest stock assessments for salmon and sea trout in Wales