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Council fisheries close due to impact of COVID-19 outbreak

Thursday 26 March 2020
Stirling Council managed fisheries on the rivers Forth and Teith are now closed with immediate effect until further notice due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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The Council’s popular fisheries are situated in scenic, rural locations and the decision to close the beats was taken to help people avoid all non-essential travel and remain at home.

Stirling Council Fisheries Manager Scott Mason said: “These are challenging times for all of us and this decision to close the fisheries was taken as a precaution to help protect public health and not put unnecessary strain on our rural communities.

“We have a loyal community of anglers who use our fisheries and I would like to thank them for their understanding during what is a difficult time for us all.”

Stirling Council’s Vice Convener for Environment and Housing, Councillor Danny Gibson said: “We know that anglers from all across the country visit our shores to experience some of the best fishing the UK has to offer.

“The decision to close the fisheries was a difficult one which needed to be taken to protect not only the anglers themselves, but also the angling communities surrounding our rivers.

“This is an extremely difficult and challenging time for us all and the advice to everyone is clear – please stay at home.”