A number of incidents have been reported to the SCA involving sea anglers on harbour walls casting fishing lines & shouting abuse at sea paddlers. This may be more of a problem in certain parts of the country, so you may not be aware of this issue, but it is certainly happening along the east coast of Scotland.
If you do have any incident of this kind then you are strongly advised to report it to the Police & harbour master, & let the SCA know about it as well. Even if you have a retrospective one from earlier this year I would encourage you to report it anyway, & then in future make a point of reporting any incident as soon as you can after the incident.
My post at the SCA is being made redundant next week, so I will be leaving next Thursday, but if you do have any incidents to report could you please send details to Eddie Palmer & James Fleming.
From my experience of dealing with access issues, it is clear that issues reported to the Police tend to get resolved, whereas issues reported elsewhere tend not to get sorted out, so the only way to get on top of this issue is going to be through the Police coming down on top of the people causing these problems.
Thank you for your help in this matter & do pass this message on to others in your clubs.
Mike Dales | Access & Environment Officer
Scottish Canoe Association
Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, South Gyle, Edinburgh, EH12 9DQ
direct: 01738 850 175, office: 0131 317 7314
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