Annual General Meeting – 14th January 2014
A couple of notes from the AGM that will be of interest to members:
- Permit Prices – It was agreed that the cost of permits (annual and daily) will remain at the 2013 prices
- Pollution – The secretary noted that there had been serious pollution incidents on the Alva Burn where raw sewage had been discharged to the burn. The incidents have been reported to SEPA.
- Fossoway beats – These beats (between Crook of Devon and Castlehill Reservoir will reopen for fishing in 2014, following the two years of reserve caused by the serious fish kill incident in July 2011. Surveys and anecdotal information suggest a good recovery of the invertebrate population and a moderate recovery in the native trout population. The Association encourages members and visitors to practice catch and release on these beats and to record all catches regardless of size. The DAA will really appreciate receiving as much detailed feedback possible throughout the season (zero caught will be as important as any catches). This information will be used to inform future management decisions
- River Restoration Centre – the DAA will employing the River Restoration Centre (a unit of Cranfield University and pre-eminent UK specialist in river habitat restoration) in 2014 to undertake a survey of the river, particularly the upper stretches of our waters. Their recommendations will help guide the DAA river management to further improve the river habitat for benefit of both anglers and the greater riparian environment.
- New DAA website – enough said ……… you have already found it!
The webmaster is so sad, he has counted the days and knows that it is only 53 days to the start of the new trout season ……… and he cannot wait to cast a line once again on the Fossoway beats!
Roll on March!