Friday, June 13, 2008

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay Salmon Conservation Dinner 2008.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay Salmon Conservation Dinner 2008.
It was the third Tay Salmon Conservation Dinner last night at the Ballathie House Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland.(12/06/2008)

The conservation award and Ballathie Trophy was awarded to John Apthorp for his vast contributions to the river Tay over the last few years which the river is greatly indebted. Unfortunately John could not come to the dinner but John Wood received the award on his behalf form Penny Scott.

There was a good turnout to the event from all interests in the the river Tay. This included Owners, Anglers, Ghillies and Bailiffs.

This is the Tay Board Chairman John Milligan introducing the guest speaker Magnus Linklater. Magnus made an informative and amusing speech which was well received by the guests.
John Milligan made reference the the help John Apthorp had given to the Tay over the years and that he was a worthy recipient of the Ballathie Trophy.
He also singled out the Tay Ghillies and the Bailiffs for the sterling work for the river. The Ghillies for initiating and helping enforce the Catch and release policy introduced this season which now seems to be widely accepted and the Bailiffs for their tireless work with projects on the system.
John also heaped praise on Dr David Summers for his tireless work on the Tay System and that we were lucky to have a man of his calibre on the river.

Doctor David Summers also gave a presentation on the various aims and objectives on the vast Tay system plus a resumy on the projects that have been completed. This included the Errochty water tree thinning project, the Lochay smolt tracking, the currant Garry situation, the Western Catchment projects, the Hatchery, the EU Life/SNH projects, Stronuich damand the Keithick Weir to name a few.
This was a successful and enjoyable night for the Tay and it is certainly a date for your diary next year.

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