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Dreamstore Award

award2r We are pleased to announce we have been awarded the Dreamstore Active Conservation Award in recognition of the work we have done towards increasing public awareness of the urgent need for the conservation of inshore fish stocks in Scottish waters and for our contributions to public policy development.

Making the award, Dreamstore’s David Hoey said: “As an independent Charity, the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network has undertaken outstanding work in creating focus on conservation issues and the marine environment, especially those affecting sea anglers. Its education, environmental awareness, research and events programme is an exemplary example of the power of harnessing voluntary endeavour in conservation.

“SSACN has worked hard in building collaborative partnerships, and sought practical solutions to problems created by inefficient and ineffective fisheries management and practices which have left many species void in several areas and have destroyed many habitats. This includes their “Give Fish A Chance” (GFAC) awareness campaign, and the very impressive Scottish Shark Tagging Programme, which they have popularized through Tagathons.”

Accepting the award, our Secretary, Denis Kelly said : "The award recognizes the huge efforts made by SSACN’s volunteer anglers and our various partners to try and help ensure there will be ‘Fish for the Future’ for all.

“Normally work in the angling voluntary sector goes unrecognized, but thanks to the Award, everyone involved can be confident they are making a difference which has not gone unnoticed. The Dreamstore Award highlights the fantastic levels of commitment and dedication of SSACN’s volunteers and the huge volume of work they undertake.”

In the four years since we were formed, we have focused on the conservation issues caused by decades of ineffective and inefficient political and fisheries mismanagement with a primary goal of working to help ensure the regeneration of inshore fish stocks and their environments through a variety of initiatives including angler education, environmental awareness, the tagging programmes, political lobbying and scientific research.

This award helps generate the necessary enthusiasm for the long road ahead.

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