West Wales Coracle Caught Salmon awarded EU protected status

21 February 2017

Following a number of years hard work, led by the Carmarthen Coracle and Netsmen's Association and supported by the Welsh Government, the European Commission announced today that they have awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) to West Wales Coracle Caught Salmon. PGI status is an indicator of a product's authenticity and strong links to a specific region. West Wales Coracle Caught Salmon now shares the PGI indicator with well known British foodstuffs, such as Melton Mowbray pork pies, Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese and Arbroath smokies. The awarding of PGI status to West Wales Coracle Caught Salmon will bring more awareness to this unique part of British heritage, which continues to face threats of reduced licencing. It is also a testament to the extremely high quality product produced by the Teifi, Taf and Towy coracle netsmen through this traditional fishing method.

Congratulations to all those involved with the process to make this happen and we wish them the best of luck in securing the same status for sewin (application currently in progress). We hope the traditional coracle netsmen benefit from future security and success of traditional coracle fishing, as a result of these statuses being awarded.

For more information, visit the Carmarthen Coracle and Netsmen's Association Facebook page