Il­le­gal net found

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Carla Tal­bot

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

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