Wednesday 30 September 2015


The SGA Fishing Group will be submitting a response to the next 28 day Wild Fisheries consultation after Environment Minister Dr Aileen McLeod announced this week that the proposed kill licence for salmon, and associated fees, will not be progressed.
Scottish Government was considering introducing the system for the start of the 2016 season.
However, conservation proposals now being put forward for discussion include, instead, measures appropriate to the the number and status of salmon in particular rivers.
Following the announcement, the SGA Fishing Group praised the Environment Minister for taking the views of consultees seriously and advocating a balanced approach.
SGA Fishing Group Representative Duncan Ferguson said: “The Environment Minister deserves praise for listening and acting. The kill license concept would have been very difficult to enforce and police and, in some cases, may have led to more fish rather than less being killed, especially given the high level of voluntary catch and release being operated already by rod anglers (82 per cent of all fish caught in 2014). 
“The SGA Fishing Group believes the ideas now up for discussion could help to strike the right balance between salmon conservation, which is necessary, and the needs of the workers and communities that depend on anglers coming to our rivers to fish, and the benefits that brings.”

Tuesday 15 September 2015


Notification to SGA Members: Snare Certificate Error (issue of duplicate numbers).

We have been notified by Police Scotland that a small number of individuals who had snare certificates issued from March 2015 may have been allocated duplicate snare tag numbers due to an administrative error.

Police Scotland has sent a letter to the 60 individuals who have been allocated duplicate snare tag numbers, with a message about what to do if questioned about their use of the duplicate tags. 

The guidance is that, as Police Scotland has the hard copy original applications and paperwork, should any SGA members be challenged in respect of use of a duplicate number, they should refer to the Glasgow Firearm's Licensing Office. 

The number for this is 01786895586.


Graduate/Post Graduate Careers Event – Wednesday 11th November 2015, Oatridge Campus

We are delighted to invite you to our annual Careers Convention, and hope you will consider attending what I am sure will be a productive day for prospective employers, volunteers and students.

Following the merger of Scottish Agricultural College with Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges on 1st October 2012, we are now one of the largest organisations of our kind in Europe and can draw on an accomplished history of more than 100 years of success in supporting students and passing on our considerable expertise. Our comprehensive skills, education and business support to Scotland’s land-based and rural industries is founded on world-class and sector-leading education, research and consultancy.

We will have students/ potential volunteers from all our courses, including degree courses, attending the event from all our campuses, which include:

·         Aberdeen – Craibstone
·         Ayr – Riverside
·         Edinburgh – Kings Buildings
·         Elmwood Campus – Cupar
·         Oatridge – West Lothian
·         Barony – Dumfries & Galloway

Friday 4 September 2015


Please Be Aware The SGA Office will be closed Monday 7th September and will re-open on Tuesday 8th  September.