Fish Creek Atl Salmon Club Minutes

May 29, 2011   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club Minutes  //  Comments Off on Fish Creek Atl Salmon Club Minutes

May 26, 2011 Meeting Minutes/News:

The monthly meeting of the Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club was called to order at 7:11 PM by Tom Schneider.  There was no Treasurer’s report as Paul is on vacation.

The Secretary’s minutes from last month’s meeting were discussed and accepted.  The flash flood that hit our hatchery on April 25th caused an increase in the mortality rate of our recently hatched salmon as they were still living off the attached egg sacks and learning to swim and eat food from the water.  The extremely high levels of silt and water were devastating.  Equipment modifications need to be made before next year.   Filtering the silt would be desirable.  Securing of our tanks in a way that would allow them to float safely up and down with the water level would be desirable.  This is part of the fine tuning of learning to operate the hatchery in its new setting in the flood plain.  These are items that we plan to address; so, any ideas that you feel would work best should be submitted as soon as possible.

Tom reported on the outcome of this year’s efforts to get surplus Atlantic salmon from the Vermont hatchery.  The timing of us getting their fish tested to meet NYS requirements before the June seasonal shutdown of the hatchery was the biggest problem.  We could not get the fish tested with the 28 day turn-around of the tests before the hatchery shutdown.  We have since learned that the test facility has a more expensive test schedule with a 14 day turnaround, which we may use in the future if timing looks like it is a problem.  Tom also had been working with the Onondaga County Carpenters Brook Hatchery people to arrange for transportation of the Vermont fish with their large 3 tank truck.  We will continue this effort so that it can be available for future chances to get the surplus fish transported safely.

Jim Lawler reported that the 65 fish sample of our fish was selected and shipped to the laboratory on May 25th, for VHS testing.  With the 28 day turn-around we should have results by June 22nd.  The following Saturday is the Spey Nation event, but that following Sunday – June 26th, would be open for stocking our fish.  Dave Miller is preparing supplies for our stocking event, getting new bags and oxygen ready for transporting of the fish.

Tom is planning to contact Harden Furniture to ask if they have any storage space where we could store all of our club equipment.  Our guide boat form should be stored under cover, or could be sold if we could find an interested buyer.  Dick Kirby suggested that we ask Harden if there is anything we can do to help them in advertising their support for the hatchery.  Work on finishing the roof of the hatchery should be checked also.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM; our next meeting will be held on June 23rd at 7 PM at the Camden Rod and Gun Cub.

Respectfully submitted,

Arley Morey, Club Secretary

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