Prosecution warning for salmon poachers in Isle of Man
Out-of-season salmon and sea trout poachers in the Isle of Man could face prosecution, says the government.
Officials said the river fishing season ended on 31 October and the warning extended to anyone caught buying or selling illegally caught fish.
The closed season has been put in place to allow fish to spawn without damage or disturbance.
A government spokesman said illegal fishing risked the sustainability of Manx salmon and sea trout.
He added: "Hotels, restaurants and public houses are also warned not to accept any fish offered to them for sale via the back door.
"Not only is it now illegal for anglers to sell freshwater fish captured by rod and line, it is likely that any such fish have been taken by illegal means and the penalties associated with the dealing in unlawfully captured fish are severe."
Members of the public are being encouraged to report any suspicious activity to the government.