Wildlife crime officers and river bailiffs have joined forces to tackle rod and line poachers on the River Deveron locally.
Operation Salmo was launched to tackle salmon poaching as well as river crime in a variety of formats including organised and travelling groups who often travel from outwith the area to net the rivers.
As a result of this targeted approach over the last two nights, 2 persons were located fishing without permits and warned regarding their actions.
PC Paul Geddes said
As a result of intelligence in relation to individuals and groups poaching salmon in specific locations directed patrols were carried out by police and water bailiffs in order to address this issue, with further patrols intended.
Legitimate angling contributes greatly to local communities and economies and many people rely on visiting anglers for their livelihood. The actions of a few individuals can ruin the reputation of an area and lessen the attraction for visitors. We want people to come to the area and enjoy what is on offer but to do so responsibly. Threats to our natural habitat through criminal activity are not acceptable.
Malcolm Hay, Chairman of the Deveron River Board, said
I am delighted that the damaging wildlife crime of salmon poaching is being taken so seriously by the police. With legitimate angling interests working on a virtual 100% catch & release basis, it is obviously hugely important for our fragile stocks of salmon and sea trout that indiscriminate killing by criminals is halted.
The River Deveron District Salmon Fishery Board is pleased to be able to co-operate with and support wildlife crime officers in their efforts to eradicate this illegal activity.
If you see or are aware of crimes taking place on your local river, call Police on 101 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Reports of illegal fishing can also be made to the River Deveron District Salmon Fishery Board on 0777 8155 129 or 01466 792 291.
Alternatively, information is available on the PAW (Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime) Scotland website.
From Police Scotland