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Research Report: The Economic Impact of Game and Coarse Angling in Scotland

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Research Report: The Economic Impact of Game and Coarse Angling in Scotland

FOREWORD

ALLAN WILSON photoSalmon and freshwater fish are an important natural asset for Scotland.

In Celtic mythology the salmon was a symbol of wisdom. Images of the King of fish appear on Pictish stones throughout Scotland, notably at Glamis, in Tayside and Robertlaw, near Hawick. Glasgow, Lanark and Peebles are numbered among the cities and towns that bear salmon on their coats of
arms.

Although few species of freshwater fish are native to Scotland, they form an important part of our natural heritage. They also support the maintenance of important fisheries throughout the country.

There has long been a perception that angling for game and coarse fish is important to the Scottish economy. In August 2001 a report entitled Scotland's Freshwater Fish and Fisheries: Securing their Future, gave an
undertaking to commission an in-depth economic analysis of the sector. This report fulfils that undertaking, and shows that angling is valuable to Scotland, and particularly to rural Scotland.

Through angling, many people benefit from the obvious advantages of being in the open air and the sport can also act to foster an appreciation of Scotland's natural resources. This report makes clear that angling also brings economic benefit at the same time. Around 2,800 full time equivalent jobs are supported by the angling sector as it currently operates.

I would like to see the further development of sustainable fisheries for game and coarse fish in Scotland. I see the results of this survey as a valuable indicator of the scope for such development and look forward to engaging with all those interested in the future of angling in Scotland in the coming months.

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ALLAN WILSON MSP
Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development