Wildlife Crime – Information Request

The Forth District Salmon Fishery Board would like to encourage everyone to remain vigilant when out next to rivers in East Lothian as bailiffs have recovered two illegal nets and a number of set lines in recent weeks.

The nets are used to take large quantities of salmon and sea trout which can have a substantial impact on the fish populations in the River Tyne or Biel Water and impact other wildlife such as birds and otters.  Set lines can endanger fish, wildlife but also dogs as they are hidden along the banks of the river or submerged below the surface.
One net was found next to the River Tyne near Knowes Weir and the second near the Biel Water at West Barns.  Both nets were removed by bailiffs and destroyed. The set lines were recovered from the River Esk near Musselburgh.

If you find a net or set line whilst out walking along the river bank or see any suspicious activity, please contact the Forth District Salmon Fishery Board or Police Scotland. It is important that you do not touch the net/set line until you have spoken with the police or a Forth DSFB water bailiff.
Please use the numbers below should you have any information with regards to fishery-related wildlife crimes.
Forth District Salmon Fishery Board Superintendent Bailiff –  07887 835549
Police Scotland – 101

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