An operation has been launched to stem salmon poaching in the north-east.
Police Scotland has partnered with the Dee and Don District Salmon Fishery Board to carry out Operation Salmo.
As part of the operation, a regular meeting will be held between the parties, aimed at discussing poaching trends and building intelligence against repeat offenders.
More targeted operations will also be carried out along rivers and at “hot spots” where more poaching is seen.
The launch of the operation coincides with a day of action against rural crime, which took place yesterday across the UK.
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Superintendent Murray Main, the lead for rural crime in the north-east, said: “Poaching blights the countryside and affects farmers, fisheries, landowners and others living and working in rural communities.
“This is a major concern for those who rely on the river for an income or trade and also for those who enjoy some of the most fantastic rivers in the country.
“Poaching is also frequently connected with wider patterns of offending and criminality.
“This is an excellent opportunity to show our rural communities the work we are doing and the results we are jointly achieving.”