ANGLERS and conservation bodies have forced ministers into a U-turn over controversial plans to extend the coastal salmon netting season in the country's east coast.
The groups achieved their victory after condemning the Government's move to allow additional netting in the South Esk district in Angus.
They claimed it would have jeopardised the conservation of wild salmon and threatened ministers with legal action. But now they have said the extension is no longer required.
Hughie Campbell Adamson, former chairman of the Esk District Salmon Fisheries Board (EDSFB) said: "We are delighted that the Government has revoked the licence after one year only. We always felt the decision was flawed on both conservation and on legal grounds, and therefore warmly welcome this decision."
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