2017 AGM NEWS

The secretary would like to thank all those that attended the meeting. Considering the size of the membership the attendance was disappointingly low. The main point of interest for the members was the decision to keep ticket prices the same as last year. The following report was given to the meeting by the secretary.

 

SEASON 2018 CATEGORY 3 STATUS.

The secretary was unhappy to report that Marine Scotland had given the Eden a category 3 status for the 2018 season. On behalf of the membership he had appealed this decision. He understood that other appeals had been lodged on our behalf including an appeal by the TDS FB. Whether these appeals are successful remains to be seen but as yet Marine Scotland have not produced any reliable scientific data to back the decision to make the Eden a category 3 River.

 

ANNUAL CATCH RETURNS.

The secretary reported that once again the annual catch returns were poor. There has been encouraging use of the catch return form on the website but the majority of members did not send in their annual catch return. Without this information it is very difficult to assess the actual health of the River. At this point in time, it would appear that the salmon and finnock catch would be down from last year’s figure.

RIVER CONDITION.

Several members including the secretary had noticed that there was no weed growing in the River below Springfield. This could have a catastrophic effect on the ecology of the River. The lack of weed meant that there was little or no cover for the fish and left them wide open to predators. The whole ecology of the River was in jeopardy. The secretary had contacted SNH, the TDSFB and SEPA. None of these government agencies offered any practical help. After contacting the local MSP, SEPA agreed to investigate the situation with an ecology unit. As yet the secretary has not received any reports on their findings.

TDSFB.

The secretary had attended several of the Tay board committee meetings over the year. He hoped to highlight the River Eden and its ongoing problems. So far the board will not commit to taking salmon from the Eden for breeding purposes nor did they seem particularly interested in this year’s problem of all the weed dying out. They had conducted a survey of juvenile salmon in 2016 and 2017 however none of the data from these surveys has been made available to the Association. The secretary intends to attend that the Tay board AGM to raise points on behalf of the Association.

NOTICE OF AGM.


The AGM will be held on Sunday 3rd. of December in Pitlessie village hall at 7.30 pm. Please make sure all proposals reach the secretary by the 19th November.
Please send your catch return to the secretary before the end of November. You can use the CATCH RETURN button at the top of the website.

Ian Young (secretary)

CATCH RETURNS.

Please make sure that all catch returns, (including nil returns) are sent to the secretary before the end of November. You can use the CATCH RETURN button at the top of the website. Alternatively you can post them or email them. It is absolutely essential we receive as many returns as possible.

The AGM will probably be held on the first Sunday in December. This will be confirmed soon.

URGENT UPDATE FOR THE 2018 SEASON.

Marine Scotland have announced that for the 2018 season the Eden will be classed as a category 3 river. This means that you cannot take a fish for the table. You can still fish for salmon but they have to be released. Our association successfully fought to have the Eden made category 2 and we must do so again. I would urge every member to write or email Marine Scotland at the address below, lodging your objection to them reclassifying the Eden.

Keith Main/Tom Hogg

Marine Scotland

Salmon and Recreational Fisheries Team

Area 1B North

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh

EH6 6QQ

 

Email: salmonandrecreationalfisheries@gov.scot

  Marine Scotland have no sound scientific evidence to base this decision on. To my knowledge they have never visited the river.

Please make sure your objections are made before 13th of October.