Solent fish crime crackdown

A Salmon Watch campaign has been launched as part of an ongoing crackdown against fish theft and illegal angling.

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Fish crime crackdown to protect Solent salmon

A triple hook used to catch the fish Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is launching a new project to protect Salmon stocks in the Solent.

The Salmon Watch campaign is part of the Environment Agency's ongoing crackdown against fish theft and illegal angling.

Rivers in Hampshire are world famous for their salmon populations but surveys on the River Test and Itchen show that numbers are well below their conservation target.

A speargun is one of the methods used to illegally catch salmon fish Credit: Environment Agency

Since a previous anti-poaching campaign in 2012, Environment Agency Fisheries Officers have arrested or cautioned five poachers who were caught fishing illegally as a direct result of reports received from the public.

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