An­glers as­so­ci­a­tion to meet in Syd­ney River, Mon­day

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

SYD­NEY MINES — The Depart­ment of Fisheries de­ci­sion to close most rivers in Cape Bre­ton for sal­mon angling last sea­son will be one of the main top­ics at a meet­ing of the Cape Bre­ton An­glers' As­so­ci­a­tion next week.

As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Harry Vick­ers of Syd­ney Mines is hop­ing for a good turnout for the meet­ing, sched­uled for Mon­day at the Syd­ney River fire hall.

“Many an­glers were up­set by this move as we weren’t con­sulted, didn’t have in­put into the de­ci­sion and weren’t in­vited to at­tend the meet­ing when this de­ci­sion was made.”

He said the de­ci­sion didn’t af­fect rivers on main­land Nova Sco­tia.

“On the other hand, if an­glers were fish­ing trout they could ac­cess the rivers un­til the end of Septem­ber. As far as I’m con­cerned it’s just an­other bad de­ci­sion by the fisheries depart­ment.”

Vick­ers said the fisheries depart­ment did open Mid­dle River and Bad­deck for sal­mon fish­ery in Oc­to­ber, adding that there just hap­pens to be a rain­bow fish­ery in those rivers un­til the end of Oc­to­ber.

Dis­cus­sions for the up­com­ing ban­quet and auc­tion will also take place.

“As al­ways, con­ser­va­tion and pro­tec­tion are top pri­or­ity,” he said. “Our mem­ber­ship is get­ting older and we’d love to get more young peo­ple in­ter­ested in the sport.”

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