During my many years of fishing I have seen many changes but in particular the demise of the cod fishery on the Clyde and Solway got to me …… Being a keen and passionate sea angler I decided to give something back and joined SSACN and support their efforts on conservation.
Since joining I have found that there are many things affecting the marine environment – over fishing, destructive practices, pollution, global warming but perhaps most importantly, the lack of political will.
European, UK and Scottish regulations are continually challenging how fisheries are managed … some of these may well be beneficial to sea angling, however some of these and the lack of action is extremely detrimental to the marine environment as a whole and this means that as sea anglers we must try and fight for our sport – we must unite and have a voice.
If you care then please join SSACN and help the fight for our sport … not just for our generations but for future ones as well.
Steve Bastiman – Vice Chairman
I started sea fishing around 50 years ago but pressure of family and work meant I got few chances to go during the 80s and 90s. What I came back to in 2000 when I was able to go on a more regular basis convinced me something needed to be done. It was either sit on the side-lines and complain or get involved.
Ian Burrett – Project Director
I have been sea angling for over forty years and have seen the stocks diminish year upon year. I am involved in SSACN because I would like my grandchildren and their children to have the same opportunities that I have been fortunate to enjoy.
Ian Napier – Secretary
I’m a lucky angler – I’ve enjoyed fishing for 50 years or so with some of the best anglers in Scotland; unfortunately newcomers cannot enjoy the type of fishing that was once available to all.
Will they ever ? The political machine grinds ever so slowly in regard to our sport, and many opportunities have been lost – SSACN is working to increase both political and public awareness of the issues.
Jamie Soons – Marketing
I’ve been fishing as far back as I can remember, love of the sea and what swim’s in it is a big thing for me – so doing my bit to help the cause.
Been in Graphics now since leaving school, worked in London for Design Agency as Studio Manager, returned home to Troon and now in a self employed roll… happy to supply quality artwork for the SSACN’s various conservation events!
David McNair – Education
David is a seasoned sea angler with over 30 years experience. He has also been at the forefront in developing angling opportunities and has been at the forefront of angling coaching in Scotland; his overall angling skills and knowledge, backed up with significant coaching experience have given him the skills necessary to help drive our educational programmes.
At the age of 10 Amie got a taste of the marine world during her first SCUBA diving trip in Cyprus. Since then she has been a passionate SCUBA diver and has completed both a BSc in Marine Science and an MSc in Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems, where both dissertations involved investigating the movement of sharks.
Amie has also been involved with a number of elasmobranch related projects, where she has worked alongside a number of species including white sharks, pelagic threshers, oceanic whitetips, scalloped hammerhead and flapper skate.
Samantha has a BSC in Marine and Freshwater Biology and an MSc. in Coastal Management.
From the first time she rock-pooled at Greenock’s Lunderston Bay, Samantha was captivated by the diversity of marine life that lives right on our doorstep; this combined with her diverse skill set and personal qualities, made her an ideal choice to further develop our Community Outreach Programme.