2011 - Think again

Before 1960 sea angling was a comparatively unknown branch of angling in Scotland.

By 1970 there seemed no limit to how far it could be developed thanks to the limitless fishing around its 3000 mile coastline and big catches of a tremendous variety of fish, including many of specimen and record size.

Until the late 1980s, Scottish and visiting sea anglers enjoyed unparalleled sport and such was the state of stocks that even the “European Cod Festival” was successfully hosted in the Clyde on three occasions.

But that was then.

So what happened ? How could one of Europe’s premier sea angling destinations be reduced to its current state within a couple of decades ? Is it all too late ? Can nothing be done ? Should nothing be done ?


We have asked a number of people across a broad range of interests to select any aspect of the state of Scotland’s marine environment, fish stocks, sea angling or conservation and give us their views; hopefully these will provide you with some (new) insights, provoke some alternative thinking or just simply show you how sea angling has a part to play in delivering a greener, fairer, wealthier, healthier and inclusive Scotland.

Our aim is to publish one article per working day throughout January (in a totally random order) and at the end of the period we’ll provide a condensed version in our ‘Reading Room’.

Please check back to this page to catch the latest instalment.

The Articles

The rise and fall of Scottish sea angling
A SSACN paper
Travels with my rod
Phill Williams
Seaweed for fuel and fish
Averil Wilson & Michele Stanley of SAMS
It’s time for a sea change in politics
Gordon Mack
Challenges and musings
Dr Lauren Smith
The state of Scotland’s marine environment - John Scott MSP (Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs & the Environment)
Why we need a healthy seabed
Dr Sally Campbell
Marine Tourism
Stuart McMillan MSP
Hook, line and thinker
David Adams McGilp
I like fish
Jack Morrison
Regional planning – a challenge
Elaine Murray
Small boat living
Gordon Morrison
Irish Alternatives
Johnny Woodlock
Scottish Seas: What has changed
Ruth Thurstan
Plastic Peril
Tiina McVarish
Want to be a charter skipper ?
Ian Burrett
Making its mark
Richard Lochhead MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment)

Notes ::

  1. The opinions expressed in the articles are those of an article’s author.
  2. The copyright of any material remains with its originator.