Holyrood praises the local fishing groups
Volunteer fishing groups across Dumfries and Galloway have been praised in the Scottish Parliament.
Organisations including the Nith District Salmon Fishery Board, the River Cree District Salmon Fishery Board and the Galloway Fisheries Trust were recognised for their efforts to improve local rivers and the angling.
Dur ing a debate in parliament on the decline in salmon stocks, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson highlighted the fine work done by members of local river boards.
He said: “We have fantastic volunteer groups on my local rivers, such as the Nith District Salmon Fishery Board, the River Cree District Salmon Fishery Board and the Galloway Fisheries Trust, which work to improve water quality, remove barriers to migration and promote responsible angling.
“I take this opportunity to invite the minister to visit the Cree to see that for herself.”
Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon agreed to visit the River Cree to see the work being done by volunteers.
Speaking afterwards, MSP Carson said: “I am extremely pleased the Minister has agreed to visit the Cree to see for herself the great work being done by local volunteer groups on our rivers.
“We must suppor t responsible angling and remove the barriers to migration to drastically improve our salmon stocks.
“Salmon is one of Scotland’s most iconic products.
“And it is vital for the rural economy in my Galloway and West Dumfries constituency.
“I look forward to welcoming the Minister to the Cree in due course.”