Open up the fisheries for anglers

Open the fisheries around Scotland to get anglers out again. Fishing is a hobby enjoyed by millions in the UK and usually involves self isolation with anglers rarely coming into contact with one another.

Why the contribution is important

The physical and mental health benefits of such a hobby are well known and clearly outweigh the risks. There is a clear balance to strike here but it is obvious when compared to other sports the isolation aspects of this hobby clearly put it at the top of the list in terms of activities that should open up first.

by KevinP on May 08, 2020 at 01:34PM

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  • Posted by JMGILLI May 08, 2020 at 14:06

    River fishing is almost the definition of self isolation provided that travel is limited and anglers are returning home each day. It is great for mental health and a enjoyed by many people.
  • Posted by IainD May 08, 2020 at 14:20

    I walk 5 to 6 miles up and down the river Ayr as local exercise. Why can't I do this while angling? Anglers do not wish to be near another person fishing, and this activity must rate as one of the safest forms of physical activity regarding SARS-CoV-2. At least open this up for local club members; automatically restricting travel.
  • Posted by KenmoreGold May 11, 2020 at 10:03

    There's a number of good reasons why angling should be an early candidate for consideration including:
        • being a largely solitary sport where self isolation occurs naturally
        • proven benefits for mental health and social well-being
        • a reduction in pressure on other public open spaces
        • evidence that non-contact outdoor activities will not increase infection rates
    • angling appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds and engages able-bodied and disabled participants alike
        • the majority of the population live close to a waterway minimising the need for significant travel.
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