Port-Logan-Harbour fishing boatsSSACN are delighted to announce our first Fish Smart Summer Angling Festival

Run over the weekend of the June 3rd – 5th, the Festival will encompass a range of exciting activities including SSACN’s flagship event Shark-a-tag, boat and shore Species Hunts, a pegged Shore Sweepstake and a fun filled educational outreach programme for all ages held around Portpatrick harbour. For details of individual activities, please see below.

In addition, the weekends festivities will of course include a social side on the evening of the 4th of June at the Sands of Luce Bar. Anglers and visitors can share a beer or two, talk about the ones that got away, have a burger at the barbeque, take part in the fishing pub quiz and even have a bop to the live music. There will also be a bouncy castle for the kids to enjoy.

We have run events for many years associated with the tagging of sharks and more recently with our outreach programme which introduces kids to the marine environment and conservation through a range of exciting ‘hands on’ activities and games. Using our qualified coaches we also give angling ‘taster sessions’ to introduce kids to our wonderful sport.

What is Fish Smart?

  • A number of fun activities to introduce kids to the exciting sport of angling.
  • A series of advisory notes, voluntary measures and handling codes to encourage anglers to enjoy their fishing while making sure they have the minimum impact on the marine environment.
  • Facilitating anglers to gather data in areas where we can make a difference to fisheries management with the aim of ensuring bigger and larger number of fish are available in our waters.

Our summer festival aims to bring our wide range of activities and events together under the Fish Smart banner in an attempt to show how angling can not only be a fun and engaging sport but a force for environmental good.

SSACN look forward to welcoming old and new friends at what will be a terrific weekend of angling.

Shark-a-tag

The 2016 Shark-a-tag will be run from Sands of Luce Caravan Park on Friday the 3rd to Sunday the 5th of June. For the first time there will be prizes so keep the dates free to be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes. First time attendees are very welcome as full tagger training will be provided. For all the details and rules please click here.

Outreach Activities

Outreach Logo - Feb 2016A range of activities will run over the weekend – Fri the 3rd & Sat the 4th during the day we will be based at Portpatrick Harbour. On Sun we’re at Sands Of Luce caravan Park. From drop netting to rock pooling, shark senses to treasure hunts there will something for all the family. Click here for details and a schedule.

Species Hunt – Boat

Species Hunt Logo - Feb 2016Boat anglers are invited to take part in our third Species Hunt

This  fun event will help us record the biodiversity of the south west Scotland region; show the need for protection of our near shore species and raise the public awareness of sea angling. For all the details and rules please click here.

Species Hunt – Shore

Species Hunt Logo - Feb 2016Shore anglers are invited to take part in our first shore based Species Hunt

This  fun event will be run alongside the boat based hunt and will therefore have the same aims and objectves. For all the details and rules please click here.

Sweepstake – Shore

Sweep Stake Logo - Feb 2016Shore anglers are invited to take part in our first shore pegged sweepstake competition.

This  fun event will help us record the biodiversity of the region in south west Scotland; show the need for protection of our near shore species and raise the public awareness of sea angling. For all the details and rules please click here.

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