The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network (SSACN) is an independent  Charity focusing on marine  conservation issues, especially those  affecting sea anglers. Our primary goal is to work in conjunction with others to help ensure future fish stocks.

We are passionate about the conservation of fish and their management for the benefit of all. We work in partnership with many other organisations, at national and local levels, to try and improve fish stocks and ensure there will be more and bigger fish for anglers to catch.

We represent our Members and the views of those bodies we work closely with and who have asked us to represent them on marine conservation issues.

Our work contributes to the following National Outcomes determined by the Scottish Government.

  • We value and enjoy our built and natural environment and protect it and enhance it for future generations.
  • We realise our full economic potential with more and better employment opportunities for our people.
  • We have tackled the significant inequalities in Scottish society.
  • Our young people are successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.
  • We have improved the life chances for children, young people and families at risk.
  • We live longer, healthier lives.

A voice is important but action is needed behind the voice !

The interface between marine ecological science and socio-economics is a key area where we see a need for work to develop science and modelling capability to complement research into fish population dynamics.

We develop and undertake a variety of initiatives around :

  • Gathering and collating socio-economic data from various resources as well as undertaking specific assessments during our projects.
  • Education and awareness by publishing best practices, information sheets and items on our web sites.
  • Environmental awareness activities such as beach cleans, egg-case hunts, species surveys etc.
  • Lobbying for the regeneration of fish stocks and representation for angling in fisheries management.
  • Research Projects aimed at furthering understanding near shore fish stocks and issues affecting them.
  • Running Events to communicate our activities or to gather the data necessary to support our research.

At SSACN we realize this cannot be achieved solely through our own energies and advocacy so we work in partnership with a variety of other bodies on a variety of projects to find practical solutions to issues as we believe that it is through this sort of cooperative working that the voice of all sea anglers will be heard the loudest.

diagram of ssacn'#s approach

How we work

SSACN would like to see fisheries management undertaken in an inclusive, open and transparent way and be based on sound ecological and management criteria to allow fish stocks and habitats to be regenerated.

If the quality and diversity of life in our seas is returned to something like it once was, then anglers, divers, tourists, commercial sectors, service industries, coastal and national economies etc, would all benefit and Scotland could once again become a premier European sea angling destination.

You can help

There are many challenges for SSACN, we need active supporters to write articles, research issues and work throughout Scotland with local press, politicians and conservation groups. If you are interested in joining in, please contact us.