The date today is 27-02-09

In Parliament

Unlike game and coarse angling sea anglers do not own, manage or have the ability to protect the waters they fish in, these lay within the remits of the EU, British and Scottish Parliaments and this means much of our efforts have to be channeled into making sure politicians fully understand our issues.

We believe we are slowly making headway, in the Lifelines Event we held in Holyrood and in a recent debate on a Members Motion the following quotes were made by various politicians :

 

“Despite its significance to many of the communities that we represent…..angling is, I believe, a subject that has been surprisingly overlooked by politicians. “

“Recreational sea angling is an activity that we should all welcome….. because it represents the ultimate in sustainable, environmentally sound fishing. It causes no damage to the seabed and the number of fish that are taken bears no threat to the viability of stocks.”

“Scotland is blessed with a rich marine environment that, for various reasons, has been abused for generations. It is arguable that sea anglers have borne the results of that abuse more than most. We have an obligation to right old wrongs and, in so doing, to restore our marine environment.”

“We must begin again the important journey to re-establish many of our endangered species so that stock might thrive again…..”

 

This was the first time Scottish Sea Angling was discussed in any Parliament since it came to the fore as an as a organised sport in the early 60’s.

Our goal is to further that discussion.

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