A spring and summer of sea angling events.

Our friends at the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network have announced a long Spring/Summer season of events. Lots to do to help with better understanding and conservation of fish species around our coasts.

SSACN poster 2014

The Skate Recapture weekend :: SSACN are holding their third Common skate recapture weekend on 11th 12th and 13th April. The Skate Recapture Event evolved from the Common Skate Tagathon which was established specifically to gather data on the inaptly named common skate. The event is run over quite a wide area, mainly centred around Crinan and Oban where it is believed that the skate populations are largely resident. Further details here: http://www.tagsharks.com/skate-recapture-event.

Celebrating Scotlands Sharks and Scientific Workshop :: Join us on the 10th & 11th of May at Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium for a range of exciting, interactive and unforgettable experiences to raise awareness of the wide range of sharks in Scotland and the challenges they are facing. From 30ft inflatable sharks, egg case hunts and presentations to an introduction to ground breaking Scottish research and crafts and puzzles for children of all ages! See here http://www.ssacn.org/specialevents/css for more detail. Please also contact us if you can spare some time to help out with the event on one or both days.

Sharkatag :: Now in its sixth year, SSACN’s Sharkatag event will once again hit the shores of southwest Scotland this summer on the 6th, 7th and 8th June. Sharkatag is a non-competitive, friendly angling event, the aim of which is to tag and collect data on shark species in Scottish waters through the Scottish Shark Tagging Programme (SSTP). Sharkatag will run from bases at Drummore, Sandhead, Isle of Whithorn and Brighouse Bay and targets a wide range of species meaning that boat, kayak and shore anglers can all get involved.

This year the event will have a particular focus on ray species:  thornback ray catches in the Solway appear to be steady or increasing; however numbers of blonde, spotted and cuckoo rays seem to have fallen dramatically over recent years. We will be asking anglers to carefully record different ray species caught over the weekend in addition to the usual catches of tope, smoothhound, spurdog and bull huss! Visit http://www.tagsharks.com/tagging-programmes/sharkatag2014 for more information or get involved in the event.

Species Hunt :: This year the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network (SSACN) will be holding its 2nd species hunt at  Luce Bay and Port Logan on Saturday the 16th of August. The aim of this event is to spread our Fish Smart initiative to encourage anglers to measure their catch rather than weigh it and calculate weights using SSACN graphs. For further details please visit. The all day species hunt event will be based at Ardwell slipway and picnic area in Luce Bay. Prizes will be awarded for a range of categories including most species caught and largest fish in both senior and junior sections. The area is already considered one of the most valuable sea angling destinations in Scotland and is well known for throwing up the odd surprise or bumper fish to boot!

Anyone can participate in the event regardless of expertise or angling experience Log on to http://www.tagsharks.com/species-hunt-2014 for more information or to get involved in the event.

For lots more info on SSACN visit www.ssacn.org/