SSACN and the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT www.sift-uk.org) will be hosting a series of angler meetings to discuss the “Revive The Clyde Campaign” (www.revivetheclyde.org) which is being run by SIFT to highlight the state of the Clyde fishery.
These meetings are for anglers and other groups, including politicians, who support sea angling and the recovery of the marine environment; SIFT will be holding separate meetings for those involved and allied to the commercial exploitation of shellfish and fish stocks in the Clyde.
The events will be held on the following dates…
WEDNESDAY 12TH NOVEMBER 14 AT 7.30PM
ARGYLL INN, 69 LOCHNELL STREET, LOCHGILPHEAD PA31 8JN
WEDNESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 14 AT 7.30PM
ROSSLEA HOTEL, FERRY ROAD, RHU, HELENSBURGH G84 8NF
WEDNESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 14 AT 7.30PM
CARLTON HOTEL, 187 AYR ROAD, PRESTWICK KA9 1TP
SIFT are in the process of formulating a shellfish Regulating Order which which will be submitted to the government. The Order will promote the sustainable management of Scotland’s inshore waters and provide the maximum long term benefits to ALL coastal communities.
An update on their progress will be given at the meetings and those attending will have a chance to contribute to the discussion.
The Clyde used to be one of the premier sea angling destinations in Europe, but following several studies and reports, even the Scottish Government have recognised it is now dominated by small, under-sized fish – 90% of which are below the minimum landing size.
Not only have stocks suffered but £ million’s have been lost to the local economy as have 100’s of angling related jobs, whilst many low cost, local opportunities have disappeared badly impacting those who cannot travel to enjoy their sport. As anglers and as an organisation, we feel very strongly about the importance of this.
We would all love to see the Firth Of Clyde back to the former world class fishery that it once was – and although it may well never be that good again, we do believe that there is a genuine desire from many of the stakeholders to see change which will allow a sustainable recovery of the Clyde Ecosystem.
If you are not able to make any of the meetings, may we ask you to support a petition for a Clyde Charter being run by SIFT. Please visit their site, read their articles and have a listen to their video – if you agree, you can sign their petition.
There is a leaflet which you can download here to distribute to anyone you feel would be interested..