Chairman's Report July 2020East Mayo Anglers' Association
East Mayo Anglers Association
Chairman’s Report July 2020
Dear Members and Friends,
I trust you are keeping well and safe in what continues to be very strange, and unfortunately for some exceedingly difficult times.
This report is just to give a brief outline as to how your club is sitting at the present time, and our future plans for the East Mayo Angling Association.
The challenges we face as a club are many and varied, and we will continue to experience COVID 19 issues for a further period. So far it has worked out reasonably okay, considering the fishery was closed between March and May. Fortunately, the fishery is fully open at present and hopefully will remain open to the end of the season.
To continue the further development of the club, our members are now more important than ever, and I would urge you all to get involved in a positive way in whatever way you can.
While we do sell daily and weekly tickets to supplement our income, it is ultimately our membership that will ensure the survival of the club and help maintain and further develop our facilities and riverbank.
The key projects that we have ongoing at present are the further clearance of bankside vegetation to allow much easier access to the river, and the repairs of some stiles and foot bridges, this is all being aided by a local FAS scheme.
We will be installing benches at various locations along the riverbank where people can rest and reflect on the wonderful amenity that we all are so lucky to have and enjoy. We are in the process of seeking the necessary permissions and we hope to commence this project very soon.
We have some large-scale projects at present, including a bridge over the Gweestion at the Gob and ladders at strategic positions to help people to get in and out of the river safely.
Whenever we have had water, and we get a lot in our part of the world, the runs of Salmon have been very good, and that seems to be a trend all over Ireland this year, notwithstanding the apparent widespread poaching that is going on both at sea and on the rivers.
I can assure you all that we are doing everything we can to play our part in helping to control poaching in whatever form whether it be by netting or greedy so-called anglers, and I urge all members to play their part in reporting all wrongdoing that they see.
I wish to thank the committee and staff for their hard work and dedication in what is so often a thankless job and encourage them to keep up the good work.
Most importantly, I would like to thank our previous committee and indeed all our previous committees for the excellent work that they have done over the many years, which have provided direction and determination to safeguard the extraordinary and wonderful fishing resource we enjoy on River Moy.
Finally, I would sincerely like to thank our sponsors for their contributions and financial support and help that they gave the club during the year, it is very much appreciated.
Wishing you all continued enjoyment of our fishery for the remainder of our fishing season.
East Mayo Angling Association
President & Secretary