American Signal Crayfish

Three specimens of the American signal crayfish were recovered from the River Kelvin this summer. The origin of the Kelvin crayfish is unknown but deliberate introduction cannot be ruled out. The signal crayfish is a serious threat to the native biodiversity of the Kelvin system (and beyond) and extreme care should be taken to avoid the inadvertent transfer of small specimens on fishing tackle and boots. Tackle used on the Kelvin should therefore be disinfected before use in other river systems (including those in other parts of the Clyde catchment). Please copy the following link into your browser for more information
http://www.penrithanglers.co.uk/crayfishplague.htm

The Clyde River Foundation is researching the distribution of crayfish locally and sightings should be communicated to Willie Yeomans (w.yeomans@bio.gla.ac.uk) asap (telephone: 0141 330 5080). All specimens captured should be humanely killed (it is acceptable to crush them quickly underfoot) – do not put them back into the river. It is illegal to be in possession of live crayfish without a licence, so please do not remove any from the riverbank.

Catch Returns 2010 – submit them on-line!

Hi guys – just to let you know the page to submit your catch returns is now live – this will be formally announced when you receive your newsletter however if you are signed up to receive these updates or just plain enjoy visiting the “official” kelvin site then please head over to the Catch Returns Page to get them in now.

Catch Returns 2010 – click here

As usual – input your name, address, permit number etc.

Official Forum Now Live

Hi chaps – the official forum is now live – you must use your real name and must input your permit number when asked – they are then checked against the database to make sure you are who you say you are.

Only members of the KAA can join and the purpose is to make it even easier to ask questions and put forward your ideas – some might say picking up the phone and giving the secretary a bell was easy however he does work and it gives others a chance to share the responsibility of answering questions. It will also hopefully combat the gossip, conjecture and hearsay that appears to go hand in hand with helping you guys catch a fish.

So go and join in the discussions – we hope you enjoy  and find it useful.

Official Kelvin Angling Association Forum

Hi Chaps – just a quick note to say that the finishing touches are being put on the shiny new much asked for official forum thingy – feel free to sign up however your accounts will not be activated until all the people that are able to check off permit numbers against names have got all the info.

Oh aye – make sure you use your real name – no nicknames and you must supply your permit number so that only association members can access the booty.

Additionally as this is an official Association forum there is an absolutely huge user policy which you should all read  – essentially it just makes sure that if your fingers burst into flames as you type not only cant you sue us but we can also throw you in the river without any comeback whatsoever.

Seriously – read the user policy..when you get access, which will be soon…


Bailiff Meeting – Friday 24th Sep

Bailiff meeting on Friday to discuss plans for the rest of the season and in particular this bank holiday weekend.

The meeting will be in Coopers Bar which is on the Corner of Great Western Road and Bank Street.

Additionally, anyone interested in becoming a bailiff is welcome to attend.

Salmon Pictures

Hi guys – we have been sent a number of photos of recent Salmon captures.

Here is a selection:

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As ever – please send your photos to photos@fishkelvin.com

Replacement Permits

If your permit is lost or destoyed, please print of the permit application from the permits section of the site. Fill in your details and put ‘replacement’ where it asks for your permit number. Send the form and payment (£3 cheque or postal order) back, and a replacement will be posted out.

Thanks

Tags – How it works

Tagging System.

1. Each member shall be issued with 5 numbered tags for the season. The number on the tags should match the permit number for each individual angler. If this is not the case please contact the Secretary.
2. Tags are not transferable and under no circumstances should you give any tags to another angler. If any angler gives their tags to another, or are found to be in possession of tags that don’t belong to them, their membership may be cancelled.
3. At the river, if you are using a tag then your permit must be present (you cannot fish without your permit anyway).
4. One tag must be used per migratory fish killed. The fish must be tagged immediately after it has been dispatched. Failure to do so may result in your membership being cancelled.
5. Any angler found with an untagged fish may have their membership cancelled, and could face prosecution.
6. Fish should be tagged through the gills in such a fashion that the tag cannot be removed without cutting it, or damaging the fish. If you are unsure of the procedure please visit the Association Website, or contact a member of the Committee.
7. Extra tags will not be issued under any circumstances, including loss. Given that you can only kill one migratory fish per day, the committee would advise all anglers to carry one tag and keep the rest in a safe place to avoid loosing their allowance for the season.
8. Association members are requested to check that other anglers adhere to the tagging system rules. If you encounter anyone breaking any of the rules above, please contact the Head Bailiff (07500 148 856) or the Secretary (07730 682 748) immediately.

Could the following members please contact the Secretary

The backlog of people waiting for tags has now been cleared, with the last of them posted this evening. Due to some admin issues with addresses, permit numbers etc. I need the following people to contact me before I can dispatch their tags.
Ronnie Hannah
Alex Gillespie
Kenneth Bamford
George McMillan
Owen Reilly
Stephen Bain
Richard Spinks
Steven Taylor
James Buchannan
Steven McCourt
Steven Millar
Bruce Small
Logan Murney
Stewart Ferguson
Andrew Tooley
Raymond Hendrie
Joe Murney
Derek Graham

Thanks