19th August 2009
River Kelvin Angling Association EGM
Euan Greer – Chairman
Paul Reid – Secretary
Alistair Stewart – Treasurer
1. Chairs Introductory Topics
- Eddie Hamilton (previous Treasurer) – Euan made the members aware that the previous treasurer is ill and would like to convey that our thoughts are with him.
- Rumours – There has been many rumours circulating. Euan pointed out that if the information does not come from either one of the office bearers or the official site (fishkelvin.com) then the information is wrong. For accurate information please contact the club through the office bearers or web site.
- Update on Bailiff meetings – Voluntary bailiffs have been meeting regularly and the police have been involved in incidents.
- Stocking/Publicity – The river will no longer be stocked with trout due to new legislation being implemented. The club was highlighted in the local media on the last stocking day.
- Signs – As promised at the AGM signs have been erected at various places along the river.
- Station Road – Some anglers are abusing the right of access.
- FORK Gala day – For the first time in many years the club had a stall at the gala day – it was a great success with many people enquiring about the association and the work we do. Advice was given to many potential new members.
- Clyde in Classrooms – The committee has decided to donate money to the project.
1.2 – Paul Reid – Introduction
- Purpose of EGM – There has never been an EGM in the history of the club, the meeting has been called to discuss the urgent problem with the permits.
- Committee Meetings – The meetings allow the club to administer the functions of the club. The club does not have to inform members when the meetings occur. Only office bearers and committee are invited to these meetings. Paul will summarise meetings and post on the official site.
- Bailiff Team – This is a work in progress, the club is working in conjunction with the police to target various hotspots. Nets have been taken out of river.
- SEPA – Many issues have been reported to SEPA.
1.3 – First Round of Questions (Summarised)
Ian McGrady – What does the constitution say regarding notice for EGM?
A. Club needs 7 days for AGM and no notice for EGM – notice was posted on websites, all members were told to tell friends and people on river and notices put in tackle shops.
John Nesbit – (Statement) Lost permit and stated no reply from website
A. Alistair monitors emails – all emails receive reply – if no reply a problem is on the sender’s side.
John Nesbit – (Statement) Members have been abused by bailiffs
A. Euan would want any issues reported to the club.
Derek Hutchinson – Will a warden or Bailiff be dealt with in the same way as a member?
A. Yes, rules are for everyone.
Davie Sheerin – Dougie Brown has done a lot for the club, will he still be part of the association.
A. Yes, Dougie is a personal friend of Euan’s . Plans are being made to thank Dougie for his hard work and to look at his role in the club.
2 – Presentation By Willie Yeomans
- Willie will carry out habitat survey on River Kelvin.
- Allander has already been completed.
2.1 – Second Round of Questions (Summarised)
Paul Reid – What will the habitat survey entail?
A. Data will be collected on: Barriers to salmon migration, physical state of catchment, trout habitat, pipes going in to river.
Davie Sheerin – When will this be completed?
A. Report finished in March if started in October.
Charlie Dunn – (Statement) Depending on number of spates
Alistair Stewart – Will there be a set of recommendations?
A. Yes – this will also show whether stocking is useful or not – Willie stated that stocking a river is like watching money swimming away if you do not have a habitat survey.
Ian Rettrik (FORK) – Will water quality be monitored?
A. Amonia and dissolved oxygen are checked at the moment.
3 – Permit Situation
- Situation with current permits explained – over 1000 sold, difficulty with insurance as policy prohibits more than 1000. Members complaining regarding “pool hogging”. There are sill permits available in outlets outside the city.
- Should we allow day permits?
- Passport Pictures for next year?
- Difficulty regarding Sunday fishing – many members fishing for salmon.
3.1 Third Round of Questions (Summarised)
Alec Barclay – Can you bring permits in to the city from outlying areas?
George Kidd – Can we print more permits? Can we print another 1000?
A. yes – within a week
Davie Sheerin – How many do you personally (aimed at office bearers) think is too much?
A. 1000 is too much
Alec Barclay – How do you put limit in place?
A. We don’t sell or print any more tickets.
Ian McGrady – How many anglers do we have?
A. Approximately 1000 – there is a difficulty with the shops not being able to tell us how many permits they have sold.
Davy Craigy – How will the limiting of permits effect juniors?
A. They will be included in 1000
Roddy Hogg – Can we cap the numbers?
Davy Scott – What happens if 1400 people want a permit next year?
A. Lots of people have permits however do not use them. This is the first year of the club being proactive, we can assess as the season progresses.
John Nesbit – Do you have a list of this years names?
A. Yes, we get them at the end of the season.
Willie Mulheron – How much revenue do the shops make?
Derek Hutchinson – Why do we not ban all fishing on Sundays?
A. That is a possibility – a vote will have to be taken
Alistair Stewart – (Statement) As a fly fishing trout angler does not see why he and others should be penalised on a Sunday due to guys that are fishing for salmon.
Derek Graham – What is the issue around rod rests?
A. It is against the law – Paul Reid read out current legislation regarding rod rests. Additionally on permit dictates that members should not monopolise any one spot.
3.2.1 – DOES THE CLUB PRINT MORE PERMITS
3.2.2 – DOES THE CLUB PRINT DAY PERMITS
3.2.3 – SEPARATE TROUT AND SALMON TICKET
3.2.4 – CAP NUMBERS AT 1000
3.2.5 FLY FISHING ONLY ON A SUNDAY
3.2.6 BAN ALL FISHING ON A SUNDAY
3.2.7- INTRODUCE TAGGING SYSTEM
3.2.8 – NUMBER OF TAGS
MAJORITY VOTE OF 5
CATCH & RELEASE MANDATORY FOR SALMON UNTIL 1ST JUNE