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Best Practices

This page acts as a central access point to the many and varied guidelines and how-to’s found throughout our web, we hope it will help improve access to them.

As with all our other pages we are open to receiving original works for topics we haven’t got covered, updates and/or corrections to any we have and requests for any you feel could be of help - all you have to do is email us at

Handling Fish
GFAC - to keep or not to keep SSACN’s voluntary measure for anglers wishing to do their bit to help ensure the future of a species by only taking fish which have had at least one chance to breed - pdf.
Catch and release SSACN simplified catch and release guidelines - pdf.
Tope - best practice The SOS ‘handbook’ on the best practice for handling tope. The basic principles will easily translate to fishing for other similar species - pdf.
Spurdog - best practice Enjoy fishing for spurdog but most importantly cause the minimum of damage to any you encounter - web page.
Spurdog plastic dart tagging guidelines Whilst spurdog may look big and tough creatures they are actually quite delicate, it is necessary to return them with the minimum of fuss and distress.
Reporting a recapture The UK Shark Tagging Programme offer a reward for reporting recaptures as tagging programmes produce valuable data.
Most importantly - Do not remove the tag.

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