Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has highlighted the work of the Galloway Fisheries Trust in aiming to restore sparling to the River Cree.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP, who is also his party’s spokesperson on the natural environment highlighted the work during a debate marking World Environment Day.
The fisheries trust’s two year project has been a scientific and educational initiative, linking with local schools and the community to ensure that the sparling has a future in the river, with the aim of increasing the population by thousands.
Mr Carson welcomes the initiative for aiming to boost dwindling stocks and reconnect the community with the heritage of the sparling.
Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “I was delighted to have this opportunity to highlight the excellent work being done by the Galloway Fisheries Trust in restoring the River Cree.
“The sparling’s decline has been a real blow to the heritage of the community, so it is welcome that the Trust are involving our youngsters in their project to boost the population.
“We should be doing all we can to ensure healthy fish stocks in our rivers and this is a very positive way of doing so from the Galloway Fisheries Trust and I wish them every success.”
Mr Carson also used his speech to highlight the threats faced by bats in terms of the changing environment, with Mr Carson being the Parliament’s species champion for the leisler bat.
Mr Carson added: “Although I joked in the chamber about being batman, there are many serious issues facing bats, as our environment continues to change.
“The SNP Government are set to miss many targets when it comes to biodiversity and we must see a redoubling of efforts so we can protect species like the leisler bat.
“I hope today’s debate can herald a change in the way we tackle the threat to our species in the coming years.”