Lifeboat captain to stand trial accused of poaching salmon from beach
Thomas Yule, the coxswain of the Arbroath RNLI, faces four charges of poaching at Elliot Sands.
A lifeboat captain is to stand trial accused of salmon poaching.
Thomas Yule, coxswain of the Arbroath RNLI lifeboat, faces four charges relating to alleged poaching at Arbroath's Elliot Sands.
On Tuesday, Arbroath Sheriff Court heard Yule, from St Vigean's, near Arbroath, is accused of fishing without permission using outlawed nets.
He was allegedly caught by police officers and water bailiffs, who worked together under the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board.
Officers claimed they found a quantity of fish, believed to be salmon, after a vehicle was searched.
Yule has been the coxswain of Arbroath's lifeboat for almost ten years. He first volunteered with the crew aged 17, and became coxswain in 2004.
The 41-year-old was charged with breaching the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003, in relation to four offences.
It is alleged he was in possession of salmon or trout, or an instrument, explosive poison or noxious substance that could be used in the taking of those fish. He was also charged with fishing or taking salmon by means other than rod or line, net and cable or cruive and using a monofilament gill net. The final charge was fishing or taking the salmon from waters within the Tay District Salmon Board's boundaries without permission.
All the charges related to activity in Arbroath's West Links on June 7.
Lynne Sturrock, defending, said the coxswain was entering a not guilty plea to all four charges.
Sheriff William Wood set trial for November, and ordered Yule to attend a pre-trial hearing in October.
The Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board looks after more than 5000 miles of rivers, burns and lochs.
A spokesman said: "We can confirm someone was allegedly caught fishing illegally and proceedings are ongoing."