The mandatory annual catch returns are now required from IAC members who should lodge the tear-off card from their season tickets by October 23. Note that these returns are in addition to any returns made during the season and that NIL returns are also required. Cards can be placed in the boxes in Grahams sports shop in Castle Street and in the club huts at the Little Isle and Mill Stream. These returns are crucial to retaining our current classification under Scottish Government rules. And making returns on time will save members money when renewing membership in 2019.
From opening day on February 1 Category 3 (mandatory catch and release) applies to protect spring salmon running to the rivers of the upper Ness system, particularly the Moriston which is a Special Area of Conservation. From July 1, the Ness moves to Category 2 which allows the taking of two cock fish under eight pounds per season. Higher catches generally indicate a healthy stock, hence the crucial role that accurate returns play in categorisation.