No youth fishing derby in Amherst this year

Darrell Cole
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After effect of sale of pumping station last summer

Amherst’s youth fishing derby will not go ahead this year. The town sold the pumping station pond to the province last year and can’t get permission to hold it there this year. It hasn’t been able to find another venue.

AMHERST – Amherst’s annual youth fishing derby has reached the end of the road.

With last year’s sale of the pumping station to the province, the town has not been able to find another venue for the popular children’s event.

“It’s unfortunate, but there isn’t much we can do,” Community and Economic Development director Roger MacIsaac told members of town council at its April committee-of-the-whole meeting. “We were in contact with the department responsible for the property to ask if we could continue hosting the event there, but citing liability and safety concerns, amongst other reasons, they cannot provide the property for us to use in future.”

After seeking a buyer for several years, the town sold the pumping station property to the province last June for $76,000. It declared the 40-hectare site surplus in February 2010.

The property, including a dam and pump, had been idle for year, except for the annual spring fishing derby.

MacIsaac said he was hoping another location near the town could be found to host the annual event, but he said time is running out and plenty of notice would have to be given to the Department of Agriculture that provides the fish for the event.

“We have looked at other options, primarily Blair Lake, but have come to the conclusion that we do not have a suitable site to host this event,” MacIsaac said.

Several councillors said they were disappointed with cancelling the fishing derby but understand why it’s being cancelled. Coun. George Baker said one of the issues in recent years had been adults going to the pond the night before or the morning of the derby and fishing.

Coun. Robert Bird suggested that if the fishing derby is being taken away from youth, it’s up to the town to come with some sort of event to replace it.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell


Organizations: Department of Agriculture

Geographic location: Amherst

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Recent comments

  • Ron
    April 24, 2014 - 16:15

    don't abandon the ship just yet we are working on a plan

  • Tony B
    April 24, 2014 - 09:54

    The one day fishing event for kids is cancelled. But you can still fish at the pumping station people!! So long dave r, not sure why your comparing a cancelled youth fishing event with job opportunities and taxes.

  • David Gagnon
    April 24, 2014 - 07:23

    It's just another example of the short sightedness of the Community and Economic Development director. When the property was declared surplus in 2010. Why wasn't the director and those involved then looking for another venue. I guess money talks and the Kids walk.

  • dave r
    April 23, 2014 - 20:50

    just another example of this province's ability to rob youth of any free, outdoor events. i'm sure a couple local residents would volunteer their time to ensure no one fishes it out before the derby and ensure the safety of our children during the event itself. if it was an option, i'd be there to volunteer,and could supply at least 4 others who would join in to make sure the kids had a fun, safe afternoon with family and friends. it's no wonder anyone with half a brain leaves this province for opportunities abroad. i, myself,can't wait to leave the land of high taxes and low wages. now we can add a little to the policing budget because the kids have nothing to do, lock your doors people.

  • Norm Robitza
    April 23, 2014 - 16:06

    Saw this article on facebook and clicked on it to see a pic of me and my daughter. She is going to miss going to the pumping station to fish. It was a summer activity that we could do together.