Police on the hunt for river pearl poachers

By Alison Campsie

Published: 01/02/2014

A police investigation is underway after evidence of freshwater pearl poaching was discovered on one of Scotland’s main rivers.

Piles of freshwater mussel shells have been found on the banks of the River Spey, indicating thieves had been at work combing for their precious contents.

The freshwater pearl mussel is one of the most critically endangered molluscs in the world with strict laws now in place to prevent their theft and disturbance.

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