A major and indiscriminate fish kill on an East Lothian river last week has prompted condemnation from the police and local and national fisheries organisations.
Scity very large sea trout – ranging between 4 lb and 12 lb – were found dead in a poacher’s net on the River Tyne, near East Linton.
The net was retrieved by a team of water bailiffs who act for the Forth District Salmon Fishery Board (FDSFB) in partnership with the local Police Wildlife Crime Officer.
Illegal netting of salmon and sea trout is criminal activity and is regarded as a serious wildlife crime. The nets used are largely invisible, and capture fish by the gills; the fish suffer a slow death. Furthermore, these nets, due to the way they are set and concealed, present a serious danger to other aquatic life, such as otters, birds and other wildlife. This incident is a major setback to the excellent conservation work undertaken by local groups and volunteers, such as the East Lothian Angling Association (ELAA). ELAA has spent considerable time and effort improving the river habitat and promoting good angling practice such as catch and release to help conserve stocks.
Anyone with information that could assist police enquiries should contact 101, or speak to any officer. Information can also be provided anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. The Forth DSFB Head bailiff may also be contacted on 07887 835549.
Full story in the East Lothian News due in the shops on Thursday.