The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Bailiffs act after angler ignores river ban

- BY MICHELLE HENDERSON

An angler was removed from the banks of the River Ness for fishing in restricted waters.

The fisherman was casting off on the Inverness beat, ignoring a complete ban on angling on all the club’s beats.

Bailiffs from the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board removed the individual from the area.

On social media, Inverness Angling Club issued a reminder to club members of the restrictio­ns in place.

A spokesman from the club said: “Anglers are reminded that the club beats are closed in accordance

“The health of others must be our top priority”

with government recommenda­tions to protect the public during the current coronaviru­s pandemic.

“Anyone ignoring emergency laws, and the club’s closure of the fishing, could face potential serious consequenc­es under these laws and for their club membership.”

The breach comes just days after the Inverness club was forced to close Ness fishing with immediate effect after anglers continued to ignore the advice.

President Alex Elliott said: “River and loch fisheries have closed throughout Scotland as clubs and proprietor­s follow government advice.

“We are aware how important our sport is to members but their health, and the health of others, must be our top priority. The situation will be reviewed in three weeks.”

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