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SSTP at the Glasgow Angling Centre Open Weekend 2011

The weekend of the 24th of September saw Glasgow Angling Centre host another very successful open weekend. The event attracted anglers in droves to meet some of anglings most notable figures and to take part in a range of events including casting and fly tying demonstrations.

As part of the event the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network (SSACN), via its project the Scottish Shark Tagging Programme (SSTP), attended to promote shark tagging and conservation. The SSTP coordinates tagging projects in Scotland and is funded by Argyll & Bute and Dumfries & Galloway LEADER and Scottish Natural Heritage.

During the event members of the SSTP met angling legend Mike Thrussell. Mike is an extremely well known angling journalist with a wealth of sea fishing experience including writing for top sea angling magazines, numerous TV appearances and his involvement in the development of the fishing tackle that so many of us use every week.

Speaking about the work being carried out in Scotland by SSACN and the SSTP, Mike said:

“It’s great to be able to support SSACN and the SSTP in their work to conserve fish stocks and raise awareness of the good work angling can achieve for conservation when united.

The tagging programme has been instigated to increase awareness and the protection of sharks in Scottish waters, this has been made possible by the help and contribution of sea anglers and the expectation is that this will continue to grow over coming years. “

Mike also encouraged anglers who have an interest in the tagging and conservation of sharks in Scottish waters to contact the SSTP. If this appeals to you please contact us at contact@ssacn.org.

Mike concluded:

“It is my hope that as many anglers as possible get involved in this excellent programme as I feel it is vitally important to the future of sharks and to the preservation of recreational sea angling as a whole!”

The SSTP and SSACN would like to thank Mike for taking the time to speak to us and share a few of his fishing stories (despite the jealousy his tales of Porbeagle fishing may have evoked in some of our members!)

Finally, we would like to thank all the anglers who stopped by to join SSACN or just stopped by for a chat – we hope to see you all at future tagging events!

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