Clyde / Coastal Waters
The Clyde once had a reputation of being one of the best sea angling destinations in the UK and brought many visitors to the area. Lamlash Bay held the first ever Scottish Sea Angling Festival in 1961. Seven tonnes of fish were caught over 3 days which dropped to just 13 kg by the 1990s when they had to end the festival. Much of decline in fish stocks is attributed to the effects of the Inshore Fishing (Scotland) Act 1984 which opened up the zero to three mile zone to all mobile (trawling and dredging) fishing gear.
This section contains papers and reports relating to the marine science of coastal waters.
Changes in the Firth of Clyde marine ecosystem over the last 100 years.
Ruth Thurstan, York University
2010, Ecological Meltdown in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland: Two Centuries of Change in a Coastal Marine Ecosystem
Ruth H. Thurstan, Callum M. Roberts
2009, Recovering Scotland’s Marine Environment - Report to Scottish Environment LINK
David Hughes & Thom Nickell
The past often holds the key to understanding the present problems of ecosystems and, therefore, perhaps the key to their recovery.