We are sorry to bring you the sad news of the death of Dr Derek Mills, who died on the 29th of January, 2018. Derek was involved with salmon research from 1953 and was in charge of the Salmon Research Laboratory at Contin. He then became a senior lecturer and fellow in the Institute of Ecology and Resource Management at the University of Edinburgh. During his thirty years at the University he held a number of extra-mural appointments and served as consultant biologist to the Salmon & Trout Association. He set up the Scottish branch of the Institute of Fisheries Management and was its first chairman. He was a committee member of the Tweed River Purification Board and a trustee of the Tweed Foundation and Cromarty Firth Fisheries Trust, as well as being a River Tweed Commissioner. He served on the honorary Scientific Advisory Panel of the Atlantic Salmon Trust for over thirty years and was its chairman for ten. Derek also wrote many interesting articles on fish and fishing, not least in Waterlog magazine, and wrote two books for the Medlar Press - Saving Scotland's Salmon and Salmon in Trust. Derek passed away peacefully on Monday, January 29, 2018.
It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Fred Buller in February. Fred's contribution to angling was second to none - he was a great fisherman, prolific writer and one of angling's most notable historians as well as someone who took an active interest in tackle development, having founded the Moncrieff Rod Development Company with Leslie Moncrieff, Fred J. Taylor and Richard Walker.
As well as being a Medlar author and a contributor to Waterlog, Fred was also a personal friend and we will miss him greatly.
For further details of his life, please refer to our Author page and also to the appreciations written by Malcolm Greenhalgh and Andrew Herd in Waterlog no. 95 - the Spring Edition. That edition also features an article written by Fred about his great friend Hugh Falkus.