Three men from Bishopbriggs were arrested and taken into police custody after they were caught fish poaching on the river Forth near to the village of Dykehead, between Arnprior and Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire.
The Forth District Salmon Fisheries Board Water Bailiff's were carrying out patrols and stop checks on the river bank when they came across the three accused fishing without permits or legal right. Officers from the Central Scotland police wildlife crime unit attended the scene, arrested the males and seized all their equipment. A report will be submitted to the wildlife specialist Procurator Fiscal.
Fish poaching can have major implications for the sensitive ecology of our river systems. It also has a major impact on our local economy.
The Forth river system is recognised by many as one of the top salmon and sea trout rivers. Membership to fish from its banks is increasing year on year due to the quality of the fishing to be had. It is for these reasons that the effective partnership working between landowners, police and water bailiff's will continue and intensify in a joint effort to target anyone taking fish illegally.
If you have any information or are concerned about poaching in your area then please contact your local Constable on tel:01786 456000 to discuss. Information can be given anonymously if preferred.
Information can also be passed by calling Crimestoppers free on tel:0800 555 111