Scot Gov in breach of Habitats Directive ?

| December 23, 2011

Recreational salmon fishermen are taking legal action against the Scottish government in Brussels, claiming ministers have failed to protect stocks.

The anglers claim the Scottish Government has endangered salmon numbers on the River South Esk, Angus, and are lodging a legal complaint with the EC. The move follows a government decision to extend the netting season into September; their opponents say the netting station on the river is already taking too many fish and that the angling industry on the river is dying.

The river is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for salmon and lawyers for the group say it is currently in breach of the EC’s Habitats Directive. More on the story here.

SSACN will be monitoring this action as the government continues to allow destructive practices in many inshore locations – some of which are themselves SACs - which continue to deplete several species of interest to anglers.

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