"In all my years doing this type of survey, this might be the largest kill I've seen."
"They would have had to have systematically been in the river for many days.
PEARL poachers who killed 130 protected mussels in a Scots river could be fined 1.3million if they're caught.
Scientist Dr Peter Cosgrove, who led the survey team that discovered the crime, said yesterday: "This was not an opportunistic half hour Jordan Hats For Sale
in the river.
He added: "A good pearl could be worth 150 with a really good necklace making 15,000. But since the ban, no jewellers have been allowed to buy loose pearls."
The possible penalty for each dead mussel is 10,000.
The poachers' crime was uncovered last week on the South Esk river near Brechin, Angus. Experts found that a third of the freshwater mussels on a stretch of the river had been illegally fished and prised open.
"We worked hard to find these mussel beds and that suggests the pearl Nike Cap Maroon
Only two Scots jewellers are licensed to sell freshwater pearls and they can only trade in pearls collected before the ban.
Freshwater mussels were protected by law in 1998 after poaching Ny Hats Blue left the species endangered. It's a crime to kill, injure or disturb them or damage Atlanta Braves Hat Snapback
3m fine over mussel deaths
The creatures live in 65 Scots rivers but the biggest population is in the South Esk.
fishers must have made a similar effort.
John Lochtie, manager of one of the licensed dealers, Cairncross jewellers in Perth, said poached pearls would be very difficult to sell on the black market.
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