A major fish kill on the River Tyne near East Linton last week has been condemned by the police and fisheries organisations.
Sixty large sea trout - ranging between 4lb and 12lb, and worth more than £1,000 - were found dead in a poacher’s net which was retrieved by a team of water bailiffs.
They were acting for the Forth District Salmon Fishery Board in partnership with the local police wildlife crime officer.
Illegal netting of salmon and sea trout is a criminal activity and is regarded as serious wildlife crime.
PC Gavin Ross, wildlife crime officer, said: “This incident should underline to the public that poaching is not about ‘one for the pot’ but rather it is mainly an activity for financial gain committed by criminals who are causing long term environmental damage.”
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