ScotSAC hopes all members and their families stay safe and well in the coming weeks and maybe months.
All members are advised to heed the general advice about hand washing and social distancing which are the main methods of keeping yourself and others safe.
Further information can be found here
If this link does not work you can google NHS Inform
In addition members should avoid sharing regulators and branches should consider allocating a set of regulators to each trainee. If this is not feasible then the equipment should be washed thoroughly and allowed to air dry for 3 days before being used again.
The Adam Curtis Memorial Conference Conference will not go ahead this year and is being planned for October 2021 instead
As you may know the website was down at the beginning of the week but this has now been resolved and the site is available again. Unfortunately outlook is only receiving emails at the moment.
If you have sent an email and not yet received a reply, please be patient as you should hopefully get a response later today. If your enquiry is urgent please contact HQ on 0131 625 4404
The date for the ScotSAC AGM has been set for Wednesday the 30th October 2019. To be held at ScotSAC headquarters, Caledonia House.
Please be there for 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Light refreshments will be available.
You may have seen David Ainsley on TV talking about having recently seen a boat apparently scallop dredging in the Marine Protected area around the Garvellachs.
Many ScotSAC divers will be familiar with this area and be aware of the recovery the seabed has undergone over the years when the area has been protected from scallop dredging.
Following a meeting in Oban which included many interested parties such as scallop divers, sports divers , creel fishers and Coastal Community groups a statement has been prepared and sent to Rosanna Cunningham and Fergus Ewing and other appropriate politicians.
There are existing laws to protect these areas and they are not being enforced.
David believes there have been nearly 100 reports of suspected illegal dredging in MPAs between August 2015 and May 2018, but there have been very few prosecutions and only very small fines. Marine Scotland seem to be very reluctant to pursue these illegal activities.
ScotSAC has added it’s support to the statement but if anyone wants to lobby MSPs individually please feel free.