WITH the salmon fishing season about to commence on all of Grampian’s rivers over the next few weeks, a new initiative has been launched to raise awareness of the impact of wildlife crime on the regions waterways.
The initiative will see river crime warning and information boards that have been developed by Grampian Police Wildlife Crime Unit, distributed to 9 of the regions major salmon fishing rivers by water bailiffs.
Force Wildlife Crime officer, PC Gavin Lindsay said: “Grampian’s salmon rivers are a huge asset to the region, contributing millions to the economy and providing important habitat for a variety of wildlife. However river crime – in particular, the poaching of salmon - can have both a serious environmental and economic affect on the river and wider community. River crime can take a variety of formats; from individuals poaching salmon using rod and line, to organised groups, who travel from outwith the Grampian area to net the river, resulting in the loss of significant numbers of fish.”