Warning: Blue-green Algae
Blue-green algae, which may form a scum on the water, can produce toxins. Harmful Algae Blooms producing these toxins can kill wild animals, farm livestock and domestic pets; in humans, they can cause rashes after skin contact and illness if swallowed. Not all blue-green algae blooms and scums are toxic but you cannot tell which are/are not just by looking at them. It is therefore best to assume that they are harmful if swallowed and a skin rash may result from contact.
Canoeists, windsurfers and swimmers who have swum through algal scum or who have swallowed it have suffered from skin rashes, eye irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea and pains in muscles and joints. Illnesses can be severe, particularly where affected water has been swallowed. These, so far as we are aware, have not led to long-term effects or death but, in some cases, the illnesses were severe. Anglers are thought to be at lesser risk than the above as direct contact with the water is very limited but they must however take precautions.
Do not eat drink or smoke unless you have thoroughly cleaned your hands first
Although algal scum is not always harmful, avoid contact with it and the water close to it.
Use anti-bacterial wipes after contact with fish/water/nets and remember to take them home for disposal.
If it is windy any scum will accumulate on the shoreline – it is safest to fish with the wind over your back not facing the wind.
Make sure your nets are thoroughly clean and dry after use.
Essentially the more likely you are to come into direct contact the greater the risk of effects of exposure. Symptoms of those affected could easily be confused with a range of other illnesses so it is important to be aware of the risk of blue-green algae as a contributory factor. The basic principle to be born in mind is that anglers should understand the risks and best practices to minimise that risk. If anglers of sufficient maturity understand and accept the dangers involved and decide that they wish to continue to fish at their own risk, they may do so unless the water has been specifically closed to angling.
Association Specimen List
Minimum qualifying weights for senior members are:
Non-migratory trout (brown). 12oz
Migratory (sea) trout. 2lb 0oz
Pike. 15lb 0oz
Eel 2lb 0oz
Tench 4lb. 0oz
Perch. 1lb 8oz
Chub. 3lb. 0oz
Carp mirror. 20lb 0oz
Bream 3lb 8oz
Mullet. 1lb 8oz
Crucial carp 1lb 8oz
Carp common 18lb 0oz
Minimum qualifying weights for junior members are half the weights displayed for senior members above
The above weights are the minimum allowable for consideration for cups, trophies, awards etc.
In every case specimen fish forms MUST be forwarded to the Association fish recorder within 14 days of capture for registration and ratification, Failure to abide by this rule will make fish ineligible for prizes or points.
Members are requested to ensure that the membership number and full address is on the form and should state whether Junior or not and from where the fish was caught. Self-weighed fish claims must be accompanied by a written statement of witness on the approved form available from the secretary
N.B in The event of a claim for a new Association record two witnesses are required except in exceptional circumstances when the committee may ,after taking into consideration all available evidence accept any such claim as a club record scales must be checked by the committee for accuracy.
WITNESSES MUST BE SENIOR MEMBERS OR BAILIFFS.