Sealife experts are appealing to fishermen and amateur anglers to consider a local aquarium rather than throwing back any unusual species.
Macduff Marine Aquarium is in the midst of a major refurbishment to mark its 20th anniversary.
And the team at the visitor centre is on the lookout for more fish and sea creatures to add to the revamped exhibits.
Manager Claire Matthews has asked local fishermen to think about donating their catch to the aquarium, which lures more than 40,000 visitors to Banffshire every year.
Last night she said: “If there are any local fishermen who can help with providing us live fish, we’d be delighted to hear from them.
“We would also like a new octopus as we recently let our exhibit octopus go – she was released into the sea locally as she was beginning to show signs of being ready to breed.”
Mrs Matthews stressed her team is not just looking for “weird and wonderful” marine life – they also want to increase their stocks of cod and haddock.
“We’d be really keen if anyone is catching wolf fish, wrasse, lumpsuckers or ling for example. Of course anything weird is always welcome too – we are okay for lobsters though. It might be fun for anyone who is spending their holidays fishing from the piers, but they would need to use barbless hooks. The main message is for fishermen to contact us first please.”
Macduff Marine Aquarium is expected to reopen in mid-August before celebrating its 20th anniversary in September.