Frome, Piddle and West Dorset Fishery Association AGM

It was the 50th anniversary AGM of the FPWDFA and over the years the Dorchester Fishing Club has worked very closely with them. The Association focuses on the preservation, promotion & development of fishing activities within our area. The Association is recognised by many fishermen, riparian owners, by Natural England and the Environment Agency.

Points from the Chairman’s report (Richard Slocock)

The Association has raised a considerable large sum of money, part of which will go towards the fish pass at Loud’s Mill. This will be a Larinier Fish Pass construction and it will be the first in the country to be installed onto a gauging weir. Once installed fish of all species will be able to reach the upper reaches of the Frome. The work is scheduled for the summer months of this year, so please be aware there may be disturbance on the Lower Water during this time.

The salmon smolt run has been very healthy this year and is thought to be the product of the gravel cleaning that is done each autumn.

The bulk of CEH (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology)will be relocating from their Winfrith Technology site away from the county, but the salmon monitoring dept. will relocate ‘back’ to the laboratory at East Stoke.

The study into how silt effects and enters the River Frome has been funded for a further five years.

Chris Rothwell gave an overview of the current activities of the Salmon & Trout Association.

The AGM finished with a potted history of the Association from Sir Steven Hammick and then John Colton gave an illustrated talk on his watery business Kingcombe Aquacare (our electro fishing contractor, Lower Water Improvement contractor and jolly fine chap).

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Contact the Secretary
Tony Medley
Cliff Cottage
East Burton Road
Tel: 01929 462270