An­gling: ‘£15m for Dee­side econ­omy with 500 ru­ral jobs’

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS -

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.”

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