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Threat to salmon fishing on the Severn: Full report

The only full-time salmon fisherman on the River Severn says new regulations could put him out of business and destroy a traditional way of life.

The Environment Agency licences river fishing. It has told Nigel Mott he can catch no more than 30 fish a year.

He fishes for wild salmon near Lydney using wire cages which the salmon swim into as the tide ebbs.

Traditional salmon fishing on the Severn

Nigel Mott fishes for wild salmon on the Severn using a centuries old method of cages or "putchers".

The salmon swim with the tide and into the traps. But to get them he has to clamber out along a precarious girder and then find his way among the racks of putchers.

His are made of metal, more traditional ones were made from willow.

Mr Mott is wearing a head camera for some of the shots so you can see what he can see.

If what he is doing looks dangerous now, imagine what it is like in the dark, and in a gale. But it is a way of life Mr Mott says he is determined to protect.

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Salmon fisherman threatened by new regulations

The Environment Agency, has told Nigel he can catch no more than 30 fish a year. Credit: ITV West

The only full-time salmon fisherman on the River Severn says new regulations risk putting him out of business and destroying a traditional way of life which dates back centuries.

The Environment Agency, which licences river fishing, has told Nigel Mott he can catch no more than 30 fish a year. Nigel Mott fishes for wild salmon near Lydney using putchers, wire cages which the salmon swim into as the tide ebbs. Previously he was allowed to caatch as many as he liked.