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Salmon poaching crackdown in Borders

A fresh crackdown on salmon poaching is being launched in the Scottish Borders.

Lothian and Borders Police, the Scottish Borders Council, Crimestoppers and the River Tweed Commission have joined forces to reduce poaching in the River Tweed.

Salmon fishing is a major attraction for tourists visiting the Scottish Borders and brings in a wealth of visitors to the region.

There is concern that criminal gangs who are often responsible for salmon poaching are damaging the local economy.

"The Commission's Water Bailiff team look forward to working closely with the police in this initiative. Salmon poaching is a criminal act, which seriously damages breeding stocks of fish.

"River netsmen and anglers all agree not to kill early running stocks of Salmon in accordance with the Tweed Spring Salmon Conservation rules.

"The reason for the rules is that there are only just enough fish returning from the sea to sustain the breeding population.

"Killing any Spring Salmon reduces that breeding stock and will not be tolerated."

– Nick Yonge, The River Tweed Commission