The ARA is committed to promoting angling to all members of the community, developing a sustainable fisheries management program, supporting the education of anglers and encouraging young people to become involved in the sport. In keeping with these goals the association is actively involved in a number of events that promote sport fishing, conservation, and family involvement. Some of the ongoing events and activities are:

Fishing Derbies

Winter Derby: The derby is run in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. The derby takes place on the free fishing weekend in February on Gillis Lake. We encourage anglers to shake off the winter blues and spend a day on the ice with warm drinks, prizes and food provided. The focus is on families, fun and a non-competitive atmosphere. There is no charge to attend this event.

Free fishing weekend: February 19-20, 2011. Note that a fishing license is not required to fish on this weekend.

Volunteer Days

As part of our conservation and stream restoration projects there are many opportunities for members and families to volunteer for a few hours or a day on the river. This is a great opportunity to spend some time outdoors, get some exercise and help improve the river habitat in our county. For more information or to join our volunteer list, please contact us via email. Contact information can be found under the “contact us” section.

Fly Tying Evenings

The ARA has hosted a number of fly tying evenings and in the Spring of 2010 we moved to twice a month tying nights. This is a chance of tiers to get together during the off-seasons and share patterns and tips. This year we hope to continue the program and add a Learn To Tie aspect aimed especially at young people. Watch this site for more information on dates, times and location! (Good place for a photo!)

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting is held the first week of March. Meetings are open and new members are always welcome. Please check back for the dates of the 2011 annual meeting.

RFACs and Community meetings

As part of our commitment to develop a sustainable fisheries management program the ARA is represented by its directors at the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Recreational Fisheries Advisory Council (RFAC) Spring and Fall meetings. Our goal is to contribute to the development of policies and regulations to enhance our local fisheries. The Spring RFAC meeting date for RECREATIONAL FISHING AREA 2 – Eastern (Antigonish, Pictou, and Guysborough Counties) has not been announced to date. Directors also attend meetings for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Salmon Zone Meetings, Antigonish Harbour Watershed Association, Coastal Living and other organizations which share our long term goals.