Welcome to SSACN’s Frequently Asked Questions Page.

We hope this page will help you to better understand our organisation and what we are trying to achieve as well as address some of the popular misrepresentations of SSACN. Of necessity we have kept the answers reasonably brief, so if you require any additional information, please drop an email to contact@ssacn.org.

Some initial Questions and Answers.

Please use the search facility below for any other questions you may have.

Who do you represent ?

SSACN represents its Members and the views of those bodies we work closely with and who have asked us to represent them on conservation issues. SSACN strongly believe that it is through this sort of cooperative working that the voice of all sea anglers will be heard the loudest.

Why should I join SSACN ? To help secure ‘Fish for the Future’.

Someone told me that SSACN’s policy is for 100% catch and release, is this true ? No.SSACN recognise that many anglers occasionally like to take a fish for the table but are still keen to do what they can to minimise any harm to the fish / environment. Since 2007 we have promoted the Give Fish A Chance initiative, a series of advisory notes and voluntary measures, to help anglers achieve that.

Is it correct that SSACN are moving sea angling into a position similar to commercial fishing which, implies licences, imposed regulation and restriction of current freedoms. NO. We are members of many groups, including a Parliamentary cross party one, whose focus is the future of the marine environment and the freedom of recreational users to access and enjoy it. We are strongly opposed to a licence for sea anglers and have made it clear in Inquiry responses and Parliamentary evidence that NO restrictions should be placed on sea anglers (or any other sector for that matter) unless there is absolute scientific proof that such is required.

Does SSACN wish to stop anglers taking fish home for the pot ? As a general principle No. There is little point in anyone stopping anglers taking a few fish given the level of commercial discards. We do suggest however, anglers do not kill fish which are on the IUCN red list or their stocks are locally ‘at risk’.

Who runs SSACN and do they get paid ?  SSACN is run like most organisations, the Executive run the day to day business; a Management Team runs the various initiatives and the Membership are consulted (typically at the AGM) on major issues. The members of the Executive and Management Team are all volunteers and are not paid.

Why did SSACN set up the Scottish Shark Tagging Programme ? The Scottish government made it quite clear that they could only address stock issues if the necessary scientific data was in place. Our volunteer army of taggers will help provide results for input into the government’s shark management plans.


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How do I ask more Questions of SSACN ?
Simply send an email to contact@ssacn.org giving us your name, contact number (in case clarification is needed) and your question; alternatively, use the form at the bottom of this page or send your question by conventional mail to our Secretary. These are the only ways we can guarantee a timely response. Dependent on the query, we will either add it to this FAQ page and/or send a personal reply.

NB:: If possible, please avoid open ended or speculative questions as these will NOT be answered, as we have found to our cost - they are far too open to misunderstanding or the answers to misrepresentation.

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