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Fresh Water Pearl Mussels killing - River Oykel

Alert message sent 10/07/2019 15:28:00

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Rural Watch alert:

Police Scotland is investigating the killing of more than 100 freshwater pearl mussels which were illegally removed from River Oykel in Sutherland.
 
The mussels were found on the upper reaches of the river near Lubcroy on Thursday, July 4.
 
It is estimated that they were removed from the Oykel sometime over the course of the last two months.
 
Freshwater pearl mussels are protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act, making it illegal to disturb, remove, kill or possess them.
 
Wildlife crime officer Constable Dominic Corcoran said: "Freshwater pearl mussels are a crucial part of sustaining a healthy and natural ecosystem on our rivers - that is why they are fully protected by legislation.
 
"Anyone disturbing, killing or possessing them is committing a criminal offence and incidents like this are extremely disappointing to everyone who works to conserve this protected species.
 
"We appreciate that this is a fairly wide timescale but I would urge anyone who believes they may have seen suspicious activity around the River Oykel in recent months to let us know.
 
"Whoever is responsible for removing them would have needed to spend some considerable time to remove this number of mussels so please think back and let us know if you believe you can assist."
 
Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting reference NE3184/19, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Thanks

Daniel
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Daniel Sutherland (Police, wildlife crime liaison officer, Highlands and Islands)

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