An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association, will be held in accordance with the Association’s constitution and rules, on Wednesday 13th June 2012 at the Woodside Halls, Charing Cross, Glasgow. Entry will be by means of a current membership ticket only. The meeting will start at 7.30pm prompt.
The committee of the LLAIA are keen to modernise our club and run it in a transparent and democratic manner. Rather than impose measures on the membership without consultation, it is our intention to seek members’ views about certain subjects.
A questionnaire has been prepared on several key issues and will be circulated to all members in advance of the EGM. It should be returned if possible by Wednesday 6th June 2012. This is an opportunity for you to voice your opinion on the issues detailed in the questionnaire and debate them at the EGM.
The following links contain information relevant to these topics which you may find useful. Left click on each subject.
Why Return Spring Fish?
Spring fish are easier to catch and far more vulnerable to predation by anglers. We could be catching as many as 35% of our spring stock each year.
Why Return fish?
Scottish annual egg count versus hatchery production, page 8 provides clear evidence why nature is always best.
Scottish Fish Returns.
Why we are out of line with the rest of Scotland.
Tay Smolt Programme Paper.
Outlines why there will be no smolt programme on the Tay and provides information on capture rates on the Lochy hatchery bred smolts.
Genetics and Hatcheries.
Outlines why restocking is not normally the answer and notes that fishery managers may in the past have done more harm than good by stocking – more through ignorance than design.
Spey Hatchery Results.
Page 9 provides figures for the success or otherwise of the Spey hatchery in trying to improve upper Spey returns.
Tweed Hatchery and Smolt Programme Paper.
This paper considers why the Tweed does not have a hatchery or a smolt programme and notes that hatcheries can only make a noticeable contribution when wild production is very low indeed, but wild production production can recover very quickly without artificial stocking.
In the 6 years between 1999 and 2005 the Tweed Foundation spent just over £300,000 on habitat improvement, this was more than doubled through lottery funding. Over the last few years rod caught records have been up significantly. Between 2009 and 2011 the LLAIA spent over £90,000 on a smolt programme. Last year about 10 fish were re-captured. There is no evidence that this programme has had a significant positive impact on our fishery.
Please return your completed questionnaire, to reach us by Wednesday 6 June 2012 to:
Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association, 4 Woodside Place, Glasgow G3 7QF.
We look forward to seeing you at the EGM on Wednesday 13 June 2012 at Woodside Halls, Glasgow.