Angling season opens in 10 days! There has been some change to where you can pick up your angling license. Resident Licenses will no longer be sold at DNR offices but can be purchased at your local vendor (fly shops, convenience stores, gas stations) or at Service New Brunswick. Some specialty licences and permits, including Crown reserve angling licences and guide licences will continue to be available at local DNR offices. Non-residents can no longer purchase a license at DNR. Non-resident licenses can be purchased at Service New Brunswick or from one of the following shops in the Miramichi area:
Trout Brook Fly Shop – Sydney Matchett – 2176 Northwest Road, Trout Brook NB – 622-0676
Miramichi Electronics – Jim Laws – 40 Pleasant Street, Miramichi NB – 622-3071
Curtis Miramichi River Outfitting – Brock Curtis – 163 Main Street, Blackville NB – 843-2481
B&L Restaurant – 593 Main Street, Doaktown NB – 365-7907
Outfitters will still be able to purchase non-resident licenses from DNR but are for their clients only.
The Angler Awareness Evenings scheduled for next Tuesday and Thursday in Boiestown and Renous have been postponed to a later date. No decision has been made as of yet to the striped bass fishery on the Miramichi and thus we have decided to wait until DFO is prepared to present both their Striped Bass decision and the Salmon Assessment for 2012.
We will be holding a joint MSA / MWMC Science Workshop on Friday April 26th, 2013 at the Central NB Woodmen’s Museum. We hope to have some more information on bass and salmon numbers at that time. The full agenda will be sent out in the next couple of weeks. The workshop is open to everyone and if you plan on joining us for the day please let me know.
MSA President Mark Hambrook attended the DFO consultation held at Metepenagiag Lodge on March 19th regarding the striped bass fishery. MSA’s initial response to Minister Ashfield regarding the meeting at which DFO told attendees they were going to close all angling fisheries from the Newcastle Bridge to the Red Bank Bridge from May 1st to June 30th can be seen on our website at http://www.miramichisalmon.ca/striped-bass-msa-response-to-the-minister/. DFO has subsequently met with Mark, Jim Laws, and Miramichi Watershed Management Committee President Debbie Norton to discuss the issues further and have said they would consider the upper boundary at Boom Point (Gordie Wilson’s). As of this date, the lower boundary is still not resolved.
The Ice Breaker Dinner being held in Boiestown at the Central NB Woodmen’s Museum on Saturday April 27th has now sold out. We are taking names on a waiting list so if you would like to go please contact Jo-Anne at 506.457.2220 or myself at 506.622.4000.
If you can’t get tickets to the Ice Breaker please consider the 2013 Annual Freeman Dunnett Moncton Conservation Dinner. It will be held on Thursday May 16th at the Crowne Plaza in Moncton. Watch our website for further details – http://www.miramichisalmon.ca/moncton-dinner/
Spots are also filling up quickly for the MSA Salmon Classic being held July 14th – 17th. For more information check our website at http://www.miramichisalmon.ca/salmon-classic/.
I want to again thank everyone who has donated to Campaign 60 – we have now surpassed $500,000 in donations and pledges!! For more information on the Campaign go to http://www.miramichisalmon.ca/msa-campaign-60/.
Thanks for your continued support!
Membership Programs Coordinator
Miramichi Salmon Association
485 Route 420
South Esk NB E1V 4L9