The PDAA Committee met last night. This was a normal scheduled meeting but the bulk of the time was spent discussing the return to fishing.
The following text is an extract from the Marine Scotland guidance:
Following the announcement the Scottish Government introduced, from midnight on 5 January, and for the duration of January, a legal requirement to stay at home except for essential purposes. This is similar to the lockdown of March 2020.
The First Minister acknowledged that it is important for physical and mental well-being that we can get outdoors for fresh air and exercise as much as possible. Given this, local outdoor recreation, sport or exercise is to be considered an appropriate reason for leaving home. Unlike the lockdown last year, the frequency of outdoor exercise is not being limited.
Outdoor non-contact activities such as walking, cycling and golf are permitted for all age groups.
Angling is also permissible provided this is within a single household group, or the group contains no more than 2 people from 2 different households. Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards this number.
You can travel for local outdoor sport or exercise such as angling but must stay within the more general requirements with regard to travel and ensure that you abide by the rules on meeting other households. In general, stay as close to home as possible – within your local authority, or no more than 5 miles from the boundary – and stay away from crowded places.
Individuals should continue to follow the five principles behind the Scottish Government’s FACTS campaign:
- F – wear a Face covering
- A – Avoid crowded places
- C – Clean hands and surfaces regularly
- T – stay Two metre distance away from other people
- S – Self-isolate and book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms (new continuous cough, fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste)
This means that those PDAA members who live within the Perth and Kinross Council area are able to fish the PDAA permits on the Tay and Ericht and your committee has decided that this takes effect from season start. We fully understand that this is hard on those members who live outwith the Perth and Kinross area and your committee will consider appropriate recompense at some time in the future.
The focus now is generating the ballot results minus those members from outwith the P&K Council area and populating the balloted beats in SuperSaaS. All available beats (Balloted and online) will then opened on SuperSaaS for general booking by those within the designated area.
The Committee remains very positive. The vaccine roll-out is going to have a major effect and we would hope that significant relaxations will start in the spring, if not earlier. We continue to negotiate and firm up excellent fishing for all members to enjoy as soon as we are allowed to.
In the meantime, stay safe, obey the rules and we hope to see you all on the riverbank soon.