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MEMBERSHIPS
ARE DUE!

YOU GET TO BE A TRAA MEMBER FOR A WHOLE YEAR FOR ONLY $25.00DuesYour membership also adds another voice to our efforts in protecting and enhancing aquatic habitats in the London & area community.
YOU'VE TAKEN A LOT OF ENJOYMENT FROM THIS UNIQUE FISHERY. IT'S TIME TO GIVE BACK BY BEING PART OF THE SOLUTION.

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! FUNDRAISING!
Efforts are underway
to get the $$$
we need to continue many of the TRAA's most vital projects:

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Improvements to the
Trout Fry
TRAA Trout Hatchery

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Continuation of the

Salmonid Monitoring Program

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Komoka Creek
Hydrological Study

Please email us if
you'd like to take
an active role in
raising the funds
needed for these
and other important TRAA activities.


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TRAA Membership
Only $25!!!!Membership

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the TRAA

Dedication Today for Tomorrow
"For the enhancement, protection and promotion of a viable,
multi-species fishery within the Thames River watershed.

 

The 5th Annual TRAA PADDLE & FISH
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 7:00AM until Noon-ish

Paddle and FishThis is becoming a marquee event on the TRAA social calendar.

For those of you who don't know, the name says it all. We pick a different section of the Thames River to paddle watercraft (mostly canoes and kayaks) while fishing the whole way.
Then we have a barbeque and tell lies about how many fish we caught.

This year we'll be floating and casting our way from the mouth of Oxbow Creek (Old River Road) to Komoka Bridge (Komoka Road at Gideon Drive).

Once we arrive at the take out point we'll load up and head over to the Delaware riverside park for the barbeque. This is the same spot we had last year's Paddle & Fish barbeque.

Keep your eye on this web site and watch your emails for details as they develop.

 

 

 

 

Rainbow Trout Release
Friday, June 16, 2017

Rainbow Trout ReleaseThe rainbow trout fingerlings that we raised from eggs over this past winter were released into Dingman Creek.

This year the TRAA welcomed the ECO Club from Louise Arbour French Immersion Public School, to come out and assist successfully releasing in excess of 40,000 rainbow trout.

Both the weather and the water conditions were nearly perfect, adding to a fun and rewarding learning experience for these enthusiastic students.

The trout hatchery is now idle and will undergo some upgrades over the summer in addition to the regular yearly maintenance. If you'd like to get in on this and other TRAA activities just contact us.

 

 

 

 

Brook Trout Release
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Brook Trout ReleaseThe brook trout fingerlings went on the annual road trip throughout rural areas northeast of London to be released into several different cold water tributaries. These were brook trout eggs that we harvested with folks from the Upper Thames Conservation Authority (UTRCA) to be raised in the TRAA trout hatchery.

Thanks to everyone that has put in their time and effort to collect the brook trout eggs, monitor them in the hatchery and participate in the release.

TRAA members Rob and Owen Huber, Stan Gibbs, and Bill Vandewetering did most of the transfer and transportation duties with the support of the Upper Thames Conservation Authority, Ministry of Natural Resources.

Special thanks to all of the landowners for being involved with the habitat improvements of these little coldwater streams into which these trout were released.

 

 

 

 

"River of Evidence" Tee Shirt - Only a Few Left! Get Yours!!

Black Tee

TRAA member Ray Baxter, under his own initiative, had these tee shirts designed and printed.

 

What a great way to show your support for the Thames River and the decommissioning of the Springbank dam!

These quality tee's come in either black with white print or a very visible chartreuse with black print.

 

Green Tee

The cost is only $20 each with $5 going directly to the TRAA. What a deal and what a statement both fashion-wise and environmentally!

Get yours at any General Meeting or by Contacting Us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Springbank Dam
Have You Really Thought About It?

The Springbank dam does not provide flood control or hydroelectric power.
Springbank Before

This dam serves no purpose other than to back up a free flowing Thames River to a "standstill" for recreational watercraft.

When in operation, what Springbank dam does is cause significant adverse impacts to the ecology of the Thames River.

It negatively impacts the free movement and passage of fish and other aquatic species.


The Springbank dam disrupts the natural flow of water and sediment, degrading water quality.

Scientific studies have documented that the Springbank dam reservoir does not meet provincial water quality objectives for phosphorus and E. coli.
This poses a significant risk to local residents, visitors and wildlife species within and around the system.

Springbank AfterThe City of London proposes to repair the Springbank dam that has already been "refurbished" to the tune of a reported cost of over $6.8 million to local taxpayers.

Wouldn't you rather see your tax dollars going toward something that would benefit EVERYONE?

Wouldn't you like part of your generation's legacy to be a free-flowing and healthy Canadian Heritage River for all Londoners and their families?

ACT NOW!!

If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to Click Here to review and consider signing our petition to the City of London to encourage them to decommission Springbank Dam.

 

 

 

 

 

Local Businesses Step Up to Help Out the TRAA
The support of the following area business people is much appreciated

Members of the trout hatchery rotation know the woes we've had with lighting in the hatchery. Even with larger fixtures installed a few years ago, it was still frustrating on days when the mercury dipped below -15C and the fluorescent technology just teased us with its dull flicker. Enter Mike Jeffries of Guillevin Greentech in London with nice set of bright and dependable (and new!) LED fixtures. Once they were installed it was like working in well-appointed laboratory.



mumaDuring the February General Meeting the TRAA voted unanimously to re-name the TRAA trout hatchery honouring Keith Wales' memory and his unselfish support of the TRAA's work in the London area, in particular Komoka Creek. Special thanks go out to Muma Manufacturing in St. Thomas for donating the beautiful laser-cut aluminum sign.

Try
After cleaning up the area around the TRAA shed and trout hatchery, our trailer was quite full and needed to be emptied. A big 'thank you' goes out to Rick Vandersluis and Mike Seabrook of Try Recycling who allowed the TRAA to empty the trailer at their facility free of charge.

Angling Sports
Before we could take the trailer to Try Recycling, we needed to get the spare tire for the trailer fixed. Pat Devincenzo, proprietor of Angling Sports, offered to get it repaired. Turns out the tire needed replacing and Pat took care of it.
Angling Sports also supplied cards for all TRAA members that entitle them to a discount equal to the tax on anything in the store.
Thanks Pat, your generosity is greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

TRAA Executives

President
Rob Huber
Vice President
Jeremy Beaton
 
Secretary
Will Mulder
Treasurer
Randy Bailey
Chairperson
Paul Holmes

TRAA Volunteer Committee Chairs

Trout
Dan Schinkelshoek

Warmwater
Pud Hunter

Habitat
Jeremy Beaton
Paul Holmes
Randy Bailey
Public Relations
Rob Huber
Randy Bailey

Social
Paul Noble
Ryan Simard

Web Site
Paul Noble
  Hatchery Management  

Adam Bengen
Randy Bailey