AN ANGLESEY town council has joined forces with a counterpart on the Lleyn Peninsula to campaign against the controverisal Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ’s).
Beaumaris Town Council have long opposed plans by the Welsh Government to impose restrictions on fishing off the east coast of Anglesey.
Now they have combined their efforts with a group called Cragen, who are based on the Lleyn Peninsula.
Mayor of Beaumaris, Councillor Jason Zalot said: “Because of the overwhelming response, it’s taken their breath away.
“We’ve formed one voice between ourselves and the group on the Lleyn Peninsula, because we want our message to go hand in hand.”
Meanwhile, the council have also made an enquiry to the Government regarding the amount of policing on illegal fishing on the North Wales coast.
The Freedom of Information request they sent has revealed that fisheries’ police have spent just 70 hours so far this year patrolling the coast, and the council believe more should be done by patrols to deter illegal fishing.
Cllr Stan Zalot said: “A lot of the information that’s come back to us is absolute junk.”
“It’s a false economy. I don’t know how much mis-managment is going on in Wales at the moment, but it’s costing us a lot of money.”
“They’re going to actually affect the people who are trying to do the good thing. What worries me is that people are going out there and getting away with it.”
Mayor Jason Zalot added: “At the end of the day, we’re all conservation-minded, but we want something sensible to be put in place.
“We’ve actually done the courses, we’re all environmentally friendly.”