POLICE are reminding the public of the impact of wildlife crime as the salmon fishing season launches on the River Dee.
This comes as high numbers of people are expected to visit the area.
Wildlife Crime Liaison Officer PC Mike Whyte said: “The North-east of Scotland is privileged to be blessed with vibrant and diverse wildlife.
“We want people to come to the area and enjoy the splendid scenery that is on offer but to do so responsibly.”
He says river crime can take a “variety of formats including rod and line to organised and travelling groups [coming] from outwith the area to net the rivers.”
Police Scotland work with several partner agencies to help prevent wildlife crime.
Operation Salmo is one way in which police target the criminals exploiting the North-east’s rivers.
It has been running for several years, with some notable success in disrupting wildlife crime.
There will also be day and night patrols and visits to fish-selling premises.
PC Whyte said: “The region’s rivers bring many benefits to the area, including to the economy.”
He says it’s “important” that people using the rivers report any suspicious activity.
Anyone who suspects a crime has taken place or has information relating to wildlife crime is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101.