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Easter Ross river patrols around Cromarty Firth continue amid reports of illegal fishing

By Hector MacKenzie

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PATROLS of rivers draining into the Cromarty Firth have been continuing this week following reports from the public of poaching.

The Cromarty Firth Fishery Board and Trust says staff have been patrolling the lower reaches of the River Alness after tip-offs about people fishing without permission.

It said: "Police Scotland have also been informed and officers have been active in the area. The area will continue to be monitored by board staff."

Board staff meanwhile have been conducting patrols of the Alness, Conon and Blackwater in recent days.

It has welcomed the assistance of a wildlife crime officer from Police Scotland. The Board said: "We are grateful for their continued support in tackling illegal fishing which is a wildlife crime. The patrols are ongoing and we will continue to visit all areas across the district."

Cromarty Firth Fisheries Trust works with the board to protect and conserve native wild fisheries in rivers and lochs draining into Cromarty Firth.

The charity has a remit for all native fish species in the Cromarty Firth region and a mission to conserve wild fish species and the habitats that support them for the benefit of present and future generations.

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