On 5th May RTC Fishery Officers were informed that activity had been observed at the Gardo netting station in Berwick. RTC’s Chief Fishery Officer immediately contacted the tenant of the netting station to establish the nature of these activities. He was informed that the tenant was operating the net with the assistance of family members resident in his house and that this was a permissible activity on the grounds that the purpose was to catch fish for human consumption. The tenant was informed that the entire river had effectively been on lockdown since late March and that his activities represented a departure from that position. The tenant noted this, but advised that he intended to continue fishing.
The tenant’s activities were monitored on 6th May by RTC Bailiffs and the matter was referred to Northumbria Police who have responsibility for policing the Covid 19 restrictions imposed by the UK Government. RTC’s enforcement powers do not extend to this situation since the close time for net fishing ended on 31st March. RTC will however be reporting this situation to the Scottish Government who have responsibility for the Tweed fishery district.