Over the past months the SOS in Scotland and SACN (Scotland) and the SFSA Conservation Team have worked together to address a number of marine conservation issues; this has greatly increased the political recognition of RSA in Scotland and allowed us to contribute to several Government and NGO initiatives.
Today I would like to announce we are going to combine our conservation efforts on a more regular and organised basis by creating The Scottish Sea Anglers Conservation Network (SSACN).
International pressure, persistent lobbying and the collapse of many of the inshore species has forced the Government to accept that it must address marine conservation issues and that it must include a much broader range of stakeholders.
The creation of SSACN reflects the need for RSA bodies to be as effective as other active lobby interests - nature conservation NGO’s, commercial and port interests, Government Departments etc.
Our goal is to ensure recreational sea angling is recognised as a valid stakeholder in marine conservation.
We have a meeting with key officers in the Scottish exec on the 24th of this month to discuss elasmobranch management and Inshore fishery Group inclusion.
There are many challenges for SSACN, YOU can help.
We need active supporters throughout Scotland to work issues with local press, politicians and local conservation groups.
We also need help in establishing a 'junior' SSACN, researching papers, creating web pages and all the other stuff necessary to enable us to rapidly increase our presence and the impact of sea angling conservation.
Any organisations, clubs, individuals etc seeking further information or wishing to make any form of contribution to aid or support SSACN should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your help would be greatly appreciated.
(Note: SACN fully supports the formation of the SSACN and we look forward to continuing to work with our colleagues in Scotland towards a more sustainable future for all of the UK Recreational Sea Fisheries)