The Spey Fishery Board is very keen to stimulate interest and understanding of the work we do, and to promote dialogue via the website, this being the primary reason for the establishment of the blog. However items posted in the News section of the website are there to provide information and should be viewed as official anouncements. The website was set up by our IT advisors but is entirely run by SF/SFB staff. It is still relatively new and is much more interactive than the previous version.Consequently we are still learning about its capabilities and structure. In hindsight items posted on the News section should not have had the comments facility activated.
The policy will be to have the comments facility available on the blog but News items or other official notices will be there for information only with no comments facility.
I will next week post a report on the blog regarding our monitoring results from the 0+ parr stocking carried out last year, perhaps this would be a good opportunity for comments relating to that stocking strategy?
We would like to encourage comment via the blog and I am grateful for the feedback and comments posted to date, please keep them coming.
The Chairman has asked me to add that he, too, welcomes the interest that our new Website has produced. He also welcomes the obvious interest that news of an impending Public Meeting is generating. The main purpose of that meeting is for the Board to present the extensive analysis of both our new and historical research into the fishery, to provide more background into the current and historical use of our hatchery and give everyone the opportunity to understand the issues and decisions with which the Board is dealing. He has emphasised how important it is for anyone wanting to make a contribution to the debate, if at all possible, to attend the Meeting. The Board will also give consideration for views to be expressed by all those attending the Meeting, both at the Meeting and subsequently. But obviously these views need to be ones which reflect the information which the Meeting will have put into the Public Domain.