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.
Trout Hatchery Orientation & Instruction
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 8:30AM
It looks like we may have brook trout eggs in the trout hatchery in as soon as the week of November 14th. The brown trout eggs will also be arriving over the next few weeks.
The hatchery is ready to go so we need to have those members who are, or would like to be, a part of the trout hatchery rotation organized for these new arrivals.
There is an orientation day set up for Sunday, December 4th at 8:30AM to walk everybody through the hatchery protocol.
Those members who are already part of the trout hatchery, as well as those wanting to get involved, are asked to be sure to attend.
If you need more info, please contact us.
TRAA General Meeting
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 7:00PM
Once again, we'll be starting the General Meeting at 7:00PM!
Our guest speakers for this meeting will be Jeff Yurek and Dave Snook.
Dave is the co-owner with his wife Kathy of Mapleton Taxidermy and Cheese Store in Mapleton, just south of Belmont. He is also the Chair of the Aylmer Stakeholders Committee, which was formed in 2000 at the request of the MNR's Aylmer District office to provide consultation between the public and the MNR for Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford Counties.
Jeff is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London and resides with his family in St. Thomas. Jeff has served as Deputy Critic of Finance (Auto Insurance Reform), Critic of Transportation & Auto Insurance Reform, Member of the Standing Committee on General Government and Critic of Natural Resources and Forestry. Jeff is currently PC Critic of Health in addition to being a Member of the Standing Committee of Regulation and Private Bills.
Jeff and Dave will be speaking to us about the OMNRF's "Special Purpose Account". In case you don't know, this is where all of our fishing and hunting license money goes. These gentlemen have found, through a Freedom of Information request, some interesting information that you should know. If you are genuinely concerned about fishing and hunting, enforcement of the rules and laws, funding or lack thereof, you'll want to be in attendance to get the real truth.
The venue for our General Meetings is the Western Ontario Fish & Game Protective Association's clubhouse, 790 Southdale Road, London, Ontario.
Want to know more about our General Meetings? Just contact us.
"River of Evidence" Tee Shirt - Only a Few Left! Get Yours!!
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.
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.
Have You Really Thought About It?
The Springbank dam does not provide flood control or hydroelectric power.
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.
The 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?
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 International Co. 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.
During 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.
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.
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 Volunteer Committee Chairs