A gil­lies’ as­so­ci­a­tion?

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - LETTERS -

The con­tent of Richard Donkin’s ar­ti­cles varies slightly each month but the un­der­ly­ing trend is that he is in­creas­ingly frus­trated by the lack of sal­mon north of the bor­der. There’s noth­ing un­usual about that, though – we all feel the same – but hav­ing to read about it ev­ery month doesn’t help the cause. I’m sure the same con­ver­sa­tion is tak­ing place in ev­ery fish­ing hut in the coun­try just now: “Sal­mon num­bers crash­ing through the floor, jobs at risk, hotels go­ing to close, preda­tor num­bers go­ing sky­ward, ten­ants stay­ing at home...” I spend an in­creas­ing amount of time think­ing that, as gil­lies, we do not have a rep­re­sen­ta­tive body. I don’t believe any gov­ern­ment will lis­ten to an in­di­vid­ual, so has the time come to form an as­so­ci­a­tion with the pri­mary aim of rep­re­sent­ing the gil­lies on the wa­ter? There are enough char­i­ties fundrais­ing for one project or an­other, but what about the peo­ple at the coal­face? The peo­ple whose homes and the liveli­hood of their fam­i­lies is most af­fected? We have the Na­tional Game­keep­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion in Eng­land and Wales and the Scot­tish Game­keep­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion north of the bor­der, both of whom seem to rep­re­sent their in­ter­ests very well at the high­est level. Given the cur­rent cri­sis fac­ing the sal­mon, per­haps it’s time for the gil­lies to stand up and be counted? Calum Mcroberts, Perthshire

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