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Next Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party

Next Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party – Saturday morning, 5th January 2019

Hi

Best wishes for 2019 from the Chelmer Canal Trust.

For many of us it’s a time to make New Year resolutions. If you are seeking a worthy New Year resolution, if you don’t already do so, why not consider attending one of our CCT events in 2019 – a talk or a visit, or maybe take part in one of our monthly work parties? Dates for our events in 2019 are on the Forthcoming Events page of our website (click here to go there).

For over 15 years one of our major initiatives has been the removal of Floating American Pennywort from the Navigation. As some will know, at one point practically the entire length of the Navigation was closed as a result of blockages of large parts of the system by huge rafts of weed. One of the first organisations in the UK to take on the removal and management of pennywort, we have developed, often by trial and error, a range of techniques which are effective in dealing with this non-native weed. Having volunteers with a range of skills and equipment has meant that we have achieved great success, ensuring that over many years now the Navigation has been fully-navigable. Ironically, with the Chelmer Canal Trust having got the invasive weed fully under control, others have now joined in with pennywort-removal. Of course we welcome this and are exploring best ways of ensuring that working in partnership has maximum impact.

Our Work Parties in 2019 will continue using the now long-established format: the first Saturday morning of each month (occasionally changing if this coincides with a Bank Holiday Weekend or if no one is available to lead the work party on that date), replaced by once-a-month Wednesday evenings during June, July and August.

Our first work-party of 2019 takes place on Saturday, 5th January. We’ll be meeting at the mid-point of the Navigation, Paper Mill Lock, setting off at 9am. If you aren’t sure how to get there put CM3 4BS into your SatNav, smartphone app, etc. or click on this link for a map of the area: Paper Mill Map

Parking is in the Boaters’ Car Park which is on the left immediately before the river bridge if travelling from the Danbury side of the Navigation. (A short distance on from  the entrance to parking for the Tea Rooms.)

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the prevailing conditions. All tools and equipment are provided – but you are welcome to bring anything that works especially well for you. We stop for free refreshments about half way through the work party and try to finish by about midday – but by all means leave earlier if you need to do so.

We hope to see you on Saturday.

Kind regards

Neil

Please don’t forget your membership card on the canal

Members are reminded to carry their membership cards with them when fishing the canal or be asked to buy a day ticket.

Venue change for match on 24th July

As a result of the blanket keepnet ban on all Society stillwaters the 24th July concessionary match will be fished at Heybridge Basin instead of Rook Hall.

Chelmer & Blackwater Close Season

Members of Maldon AS, Chelmsford AA, Kelvedon DAA, Colchester APS and day ticket anglers are reminded that our bailiffs and the Environment Agency will be enforcing the long standing three month close season between the 15th March and 15th June 2018 inclusive on the entire river/canal network.  This includes the whole of the Chelmer & Blackwater river and canal system including any offshoots, backwaters and the stretch below Beeleigh lock to Heybridge Basin.

16 of our stillwaters remain open during the river close season so MAS members who have joined for the 2018-19 season do not have to hang up their rods for 3 months.


The picturesque Ulting stretch of the Chelmer & Blackwater will be re-open for fishing, along with the other 14 miles, on Sat 16th June 2018.

Keepnets – a follow up

Having received this question from a member I thought it worth sharing his points and my response with our other members who visit this website:

Dear Paul,  further to your post regarding keepnets, surely landing nets should also be dipped ? Will the bailiffing team have the resources to monitor that every member  no matter when they are fishing adheres to this rule ? As for matches the match secretary can ensure compliance. Could I please have your comments.  Regards Jack Morley.

Hi Jack,  thank you for your email.  A lot of thought went into this decision at the committee meeting to ensure that our final decision was practical and made with the welfare of our valuable fish stocks at the heart of it.  The original proposal was for a complete keepnet ban but as that would have meant cancelling most of the remaining matches, or moving them all to the canal, the compromise solution of dipping in Virkon S was proposed and accepted. 

Keepnets are a non-essential angling item to the ordinary member (ie not fishing in a match), unlike landing nets which are compulsory (rule 6.8 refers).  Keepnets are also much larger than landing nets, have fish in contact with them for up to 5 hours at a time rather than a few minutes, and take much longer to dry out thoroughly.  As a result keepnets are seen as a higher risk in the transferal of KHV.

If you can dip your landing nets before each match as well then that will be much appreciated.  The cost and practicality of having a net dip at every venue was discussed but as Virkon S is only effective for 1-3 days max depending upon conditions this was ruled out as being high maintenance / low effectiveness / next to impossible to bailiff as you state above. 

The best form of protection against waterborne fish diseases continues to be thoroughly drying nets in direct sunlight – a difficult proposition at this time of the year! 

All the best for the remainder of the season.  Kind Regards - Paul.

All remaining senior matches are cancelled

Unfortunately all of our remaining senior club matches, which were all to be fished on the canal, have had to be cancelled following the unexpected resignation of our Senior Match Secretary Russ Samuels at the September committee meeting.  Russ stated that poor turnouts at recent matches had lead to his decision.  Russ was the longest serving member on the current committee and we thank him for all of his hard work over many years of service to the club.

If anyone else would like to pick up the reigns and run the remaining seven matches on the canal please contact one of the committee members as listed in the 2017 rulebook.

The open pike match at Totham Pit on Sunday 26th November will hopefully still be going ahead but any changes will be posted up as we hear them.

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