Angling: ‘£15m for Deeside economy with 500 rural jobs’
When this year’s angling season was officially opened in February by television presenter Alexander Armstrong, the trust said the local industry generates around £15million annually in revenue, and supports around 500 rural jobs.
Aberdeenshire West MP Alexander Burnett said: “It is disappointing that the Scottish Government appears to have dismissed this request for help from the River Dee Trust out of hand.
“This is a very serious issue and I have already had a number of constituents contact me about it.
“Pink salmon have appeared in 20 Scottish rivers this year, and the river management team are right to try to do what they can to address this.
“Deeside depends hugely on the income from fishing and related tourism.
“However, the river trust simply does not have the resources to do it alone.
“Anglers can help by reporting any sightings of pink salmon, while I would encourage anyone who can help out local with the egg removal teams to do so.”