MSPs on Dee fact-finding mission

Mark Bilsby welcomes the Scottish Parliament's Rural Affairs committee to  the river Dee
Mark Bilsby welcomes the Scottish Parliament's Rural Affairs committee to the river Dee

A delegation of MSPs visited the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board in Dinnet to hear about the work of the salmon fishery board in the managing of the river and the salmon and trout stocks.

The visit was all to do with the scrutiny of legislation that will reform freshwater and farmed fisheries.

They visited parts of the river to see salmon spawning and to hear about a scheme which the board hope will have a positive impact on the river called the Upper Dee Riparian Scheme.

Convener of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee Rob Gibson MSP said:“Our Committee is currently considering legislation that will affect both the farmed and freshwater fishing sectors. The fishing industry and wild angling sectors are an important source of employment in Aberdeenshire and other parts of Scotland.

The preservation of Scotland’s seas and rivers like the River Dee is also critical for our environment.

“MSPs were delighted to see first-hand the work that goes into managing the salmon and trout in the River Dee.

The committee also heard about an ambitious scheme to plant native tree species in an effort to tackle climate change and preserve the salmon stocks in the river.”

The committee is currently asking for all views from members of the public and interested organisations and groups by November 26.