Bulletin 2014August 6, 2014
Lake trout management plan 2014 -2020August 5, 2014
The Ministry of Forestry, Wildlife and Parks of Quebec applies since April 1st 2014, the lake trout management plan 2014 – 2020. This plan was adopted to protect the lake trout which is overexploited around 63%. This plan aims to retain sufficient numbers of breeders for natural population replacement. It is for this reason that the minimum catch size that can be kept is 55 cm or more for Lake 31 Miles. This size corresponds to breeding maturity of the lake trout and permits them to have at least one season of reproduction. For our lake, the results of experimental fishing in 2013 gives a rather disturbing picture of the lake trout population. Catch distribution according to their size and age gives a population distribution that reflects a lack of smaller fish, which threatens natural renewal. These results represent a break from previous results. Hence the decision to ban the winter fishing on our lake until 2020. We are seeking the presentations made to us during our Annual General Meeting by the biologist, Julie Deschênes. The detailed results of the state of our lake trout will therefore possibly be available online.
According to these results, the association is more than ever convinced of the relevance to prohibit ice fishing on our lake to protect lake trout by allowing natural recovery of a population with characteristics of health and balance. We know that in winter, 7 or 8 catches out of 10 are lake trouts and many of them die even if they are returned to the water. Therefore, in accordance with the general principle of precaution, it is better to prohibit ice fishing on our lake and give us every opportunity to restore the trout population. Financially, it is the least expensive and easiest decision to apply to achieve our goal.
CAMPING AT THIRTY-ONE MILE LAKEJuly 14, 2014
The campsites of Thirty-one Mile Lake are the responsibility of the SAGE (Société d’aménagement et de gestion environnementale du bassin versant du lac des Trente-et-Un Milles) , a non-profit independent organization. If you want to make a reservation or for more information on this subject: www.sage31-milles.ca
5th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING APL 31-MILLESApril 5, 2014
The 5th Annual General Meeting of your Association was held last Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the Municipal Hall of Bouchette. Despite the beautiful weather, more conducive to recreation, nearly thirty members attended the presentation of the reports of the President and Treasurer and proceeded to the adoption of the 2014-2015 Action Plan. In addition, participants elected the Board of Directors in renewing the mandate of six outgoing members which are: MM. Robert Beauchamp, Theo Geraets, Leslie Jutasi, Denis Lacroix, Eddy Margat and Malcolm Mcculloch. Newcomers to the Board, Mrs. Guylaine Gévry and Mr. Daniel Carle were also elected.
President Robert Beauchamp, thanked the members of the outgoing Board and re-elected for the good work they have done throughout the past year to protect the lake. He also highlighted the excellent work done by three people, Mrs Susan Daly and Johane Poirier and Mr Michel Payette who left the Board.
After the meeting, Mrs Julie Deschênes, a biologist with the Ministry of Forestry, Wildlife and Parks, presented an overview of the Lake trout Management Plan 2014-2020 of his ministry and the specific data forThirty-one Mile Lake. Despite some methodological concerns raised by a person who was not a member of the association and that we allowed to attend the presentation, results of the analysis confirmed the findings of the Board members about the status of lake trout in our lake. Moreover, these data also in favor of the Board members in relation to their initiative calling for the closure of the winter fishing on the lake. In conclusion, the President recalled that despite the inconveniences arising from the ban of winter fishing, the fact remains that the scientific data collected for the 31 Miles Lake are sufficient concerns to the precautionary principle applies as a low cost way to maintain this important resource.