Police are investigating the poaching of freshwater pearl mussels at a Highlands river. The remains of more than 100 of the protected shellfish were found on the upper reaches of the River Oykel in Sutherland on 4 July 2019. Police believe the poaching happened some time over the last two months. The mussels […]
Police in Aviemore are appealing for information after a number of endangered freshwater pearl mussels were removed from the River Spey and killed. A total of 80 mussels were found near the fishing hut approximately a quarter-mile downstream from the Old Spey Bridge in Grantown. They are believed to have been removed sometime over the […]
Several dozen freshwater pearl mussels have been killed by poachers in Assynt in the north west Highlands. Assynt Field Club said the shellfish were forced open in the “off chance” one or more might contain a pearl. The group said the poaching had happened at some point during the last two months. Freshwater pearl mussels, […]
More than 100 freshwater pearl mussels have been found dead at a river south of Lochinver in the Highlands. Police Scotland said the mussels had been taken from the river’s bed and the shells opened to see if there was a pearl inside. The 113 dead mussels were found during a survey for the protected […]
Wildlife crime is a top priority for police in the north-east. They walk along the banks of the River Dee with their heads down, looking for clues among the pebbles. Suddenly, Constable Mike Whyte stops and crouches down, before waving something in the air. As he and fellow wildlife officer Constable Steve Lafferty make their […]
“Illegal freshwater pearl mussel fishing has damaged populations of the species in Assynt “for decades”, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has said. Three incidents of poaching have been detected on different rivers in the area of west Sutherland. In the worst of the incidents, thousands of empty shells were found. Freshwater pearl mussels, which are a […]
“GAMEKEEPERS and ghillies are teaming up with wildlife crime officers in a bid to halt the theft of freshwater pearl mussels in Scotland. The illegal fishing of these bi-valve mussels, Margaritifera margaretifera, is threatening the species. They are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and are often found on the bed of salmon rivers […]
“CONSERVATIONISTS have called for urgent action to curb illegal fishing that is threatening to push the freshwater pearl mussel into extinction. Buglife, the invertebrate conservation trust, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) say the mussel, which can live for more than 100 years, is one of the most endangered molluscs in […]
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