Elephant in the Room
Future of the Club
elephant in the corner of the room is getting larger and needs to
each of us is getting greyer and newer/younger replacements are
harder to come by, we have to think about what the future of the salmon
club should be so we can shape it.
have been raising and stocking Atlantic salmon for 22 years, longer
than anyone thought we would last (tilting at windmills).
We’re starting our 23rd year.
hatchery in McConnellsville appears secure for now.
Lumber seems receptive but they haven’t given a firm
our operation yet. They are still negotiating with Greg
a price for the remaining buildings. As before, an agreement
expected in the next few months. The dam still needs extensive work but
is a short list of directions the club could take for future
- Continue to buy eggs from
Maine and raise/stock our own
fish. This would require improvements to the dam, or a
that is safe.
- Discontinue buying eggs and
stock fry received from Vermont
hatcheries and/or Lake Clear Hatchery.
IF WE STOP RAISING AND STOCKING FISH:
Bylaws stipulate that upon dissolution of the club, all assets
shall be paid over or transferred to the benefit of a New York State
chapter of Trout Unlimited, Inc. Our tanks and incubators could be
offered to the BOCES program.
- Focus more on Trout/Salmon
in the classroom projects –
supply eggs, monitor and help stock.
- Shift focus to improving
habitat for salmon – dam removal,
stream improvements, etc.
- The nuclear
option– dissolve the club and liquidate
list is incomplete and not intended to set any limits on ideas or
alternatives not shown above.
this through over the next month and bring any ideas, thoughts,
or questions to the next meeting on April 25. We
to make a decision right away but we do need to discuss this and come
to a resolution on the future of the Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club,
Inc. before we prepare for next year.