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Member Invites Comments on a New Winter Angling Ticket 14 January 2008

Graham Cregeen MHK, Member for Fisheries, is inviting comment from the angling community on the possibility of the Department opening one or more reservoirs for angling during the winter months. Speaking today he said:-

Reservoirs are currently closed to angling from 31st October - 10th March each year. However, it is well known that a proportion of the Rainbow Trout stocked out by the Department, over-winter successfully in our reservoirs.

‘A number of anglers have approached me recently asking about the possibility of continuing to fish in the reservoirs over the winter months. Existing budget and manpower commitments would make it impossible for all reservoirs to be opened in this way, or for any reservoirs to be stocked during the winter. Nevertheless, if there is demand from anglers for a ‘winter ticket’ with a reduced catch limit of one fish, in one or more reservoirs, this is something I would like to consider introducing possibly initially on an experimental basis.

‘I would be grateful for any comments from anglers wishing to fish for Rainbow Trout over the winter months. If demand is strong enough it may be possible to introduce a limited winter ticket for the 2008 angling season.’

Anglers wishing to comment on this proposal are invited to write to : Mr G Cregeen, MHK, Legislative Buildings, Douglas, IM1 3PW, or e-mail graham.cregeen@gov.im before the end of March 2008

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