A new taskforce is being set up to protect the waters of the River Doon.

Police and river wardens are joining forces to tackle illegal salmon fishing in Ayrshire.

The River Doon District Salmon Fishery Board have teamed up with cops in a new initiative to combat poaching and other wildlife crime.

The Doon is home to the likes of wild Atlantic Salmon, the rare Freshwater Mussel, bird species such as Kingfishers and Dippers, and a reviving Otter population.

In recent years anglers have made a significant contribution to securing future stocks of wild salmon by releasing over 95 per cent of all reported rod-caught salmon back to the river to continue their journey to the spawning grounds.

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