Sea trout stocks“devastated” by poachers

POACHERS abandoned their haul of fish after being disturbed on the River Nith. Patrolling water bailiffs discovered hessian sacks full of dead sea trout and one salmon during a routine river check. The incident took place on the river near Blackwood Estate, Auldgirth.

Jim Henderson, a director of Nith District Salmon Fishery Board, told the Standard: “We were out patrolling to protect the river against poachers. These kinds of things aren’t common. They used to be more prevalent in the past but this was a chance encounter. It’s depressing to see this happen when you’re working so hard to protect a species which brings a lot of economic value to the area. It’s awful that people can come in and commit a cruel act like this and not care about the impact of their actions”

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