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RiverWatch to combat River Crime

A new initiative aimed at tackling poaching and other wildlife crime on local rivers was launched on the River Teith on 1 February.
Coinciding with the start of the salmon and sea trout fishing season, Stirling’s Provost Mike Robbins launched RiverWatch saying, "We are working with our partners to increase public awareness of river-associated crime in an effort to protect this valuable commodity".
River crime can take a variety of formats and can have a serious environmental and economic affect on the river and wider community.
The initiative will include river crime boards being sited across the area which will in turn encourage those legitimately accessing rivers for fishing, water sports and riverside walks to report crimes or suspicious activity to the police.
These river crime boards will encourage people not only to report, but to provide all the details the police and river bailiffs require to carry out their enquiries as efficiently as possible.
This joint initiative sees Police Scotland working with River Bailiffs and supported by Forestry Commission Scotland, Forth District Salmon Fisheries Board, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Authority, Scottish Land & Estates and Stirling Council.

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