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River Tay - Perthshire Scotland

Anglers raise £8,000 for the Tay Foundation at salmon closing party.

The closing of the Tay salmon fishing season was celebrated in Kenmore on Friday 15th of October. The event which is sponsored by Hello! Magazine, Normark and Mitchells of Pitlochry attracted over 80 rods with permit sales being donated to the Tay Foundation a charitable trust charged with looking after the River Tay including the salmon. In the evening the last boat in from Loch Tay was piped in, greeted with fireworks and the traditional dram. This was followed by a gala diner held at the Kenmore Hotel. An auction was held on behalf of the Foundation with an astonishing £8,000 being raised for river rehabilitation work.

Thanks are due to the companies, which generously made donations for the auction (Normark, Mitchells of Pitlochry, Hello!, Kenmore Hotel, Taymouth Castle Estate, Croft-na-caber, PD Malloch, Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazine). A similar auction will take place on the opening (January 15th 2000).

Richard Blake, Clerk to the Tay Foundation Trustees, expressed the thanks of the Trustees to all who participated and contributed to the raising of this substantial sum. These fund raising initiatives are always most welcome. The trustees are currently considering how to take matters forward in terms of the objectives of the Trust following the completion of the leasing off of the main estuarial nets. Any requests for financial assistance for projects in the Tay system will be carefully considered by the Trustees after consultation with the recently appointed Fisheries Manager of the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board, Dr David Summers.

The number of returning salmon continues to cause alarm in the angling fraternity. Many of the problems (industrial fishing, netting, predation, parasites and global warming etc.) are thought to lie at sea. But this does not mean we can lower our guard at home. Initiatives by the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board have introduced catch and release and a ban on prawn fishing to further conserve fish stocks. It is pleasing to note that on the Upper Tay over half of the salmon caught are now being returned so that they can spawn naturally.

Salmon fishing is recognised as being of critical importance to the economy of Tayside and Scotland. It is imperative that we do everything in our power to ensure that future generations can enjoy the sport. The Tay Foundation has already been successful in removing the nets from the river and estuary. It is hoped that with continued financial support the Foundation will be able to extend its work to include river rehabilitation work, which can have a further significant impact on salmon stocks.


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