Illegal net found
Residents are being asked to be aware of any suspicious angling activity after police found an illegal fishing net in Dumbarton.
Water balliffs of the Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association (LLAIA), who monitor angling activity, found the net stretched across the width of Gruggies burn which is near to Dumbarton Castle on September 20.
They were informed of the net by members of the public. Placements of these nets could have a significant impact on fish populations within a local ecosystem.
The fish caught may also be sold on and may not have been properly prepared for human consumption.
Police work closely with water bailiffs to carry out joint patrols to ensure all angling laws and regulations are being followed.
PC Peter Sinclair, wildlife officer based at Helensburgh police office, urged people to be aware of suspicious angling activity.
He said:“If members of the public come across a net I would advise them to take pictures if possible and report it as soon as possible to water bailiffs or their local police station.
“I would ask that they do not interfere with the net as it might be a potential crime scene or there may be a legitimate reason for it being there.
“I would also encourage people to look out for any suspicious angling activity and report it to either the police, LLAIA bailiffs or via crime stoppers 0800 555 111.“
Suspicious fishing The net found by water bailiffs in Dumbarton