Salmon fishing rights in Scotland are private heritable titles that are registered separately from land. As such these titles can be bought and sold like any other property.
In Scotland, the cost of the local administration, protection and improvement of the fisheries is privately financed by the proprietors. The district boards finance their work by levying a rate on the salmon fishery owners in the district. Elected representatives of those owners provide the core of the membership of the Board. However, since 1986, the boards are required also to include representatives of salmon anglers and salmon netsmen in the district. A further revision to the constitution of the Boards was made in 1999 to allow for even wider representation on the boards by other parties who may have an interest or stake in salmon stocks or fisheries.
The powers and duties of a DSFB are summarised below.
Townhead of Greenlaw
Chairman – James Ingall
Treasurer – Pat Campbell
Legal advisor – Gavin Scott, Gillespie Gifford & Brown, Kirkcudbright
Head bailiff – Tim Ewing (contact on 07840611976)
Lower Proprietors – Stuart Ferns, Richard Agnew (for Crown Estates)
Upper Proprietors – James Ingall, Richard Agnew, Ronnie Wilson, W.F.E. Forbes, James Curtis (to represent the Tarff)
Invitees – Galloway Fisheries Trust, John McCubbing (New Galloway Angling Association), Ian Finlayson, Ray Cotterill, Robin Ade, SEPA
Date and location of next meeting: Tuesday 23rd April at 10am-12 noon. It will be held at the education room in Threave Gardens.
Salmon season: 11th February – 31st October (no salmon fishing on a Sunday)
The DDSFB takes stock conservation very seriously, the low numbers of Salmon and Sea Trout make taking action to both reduce impact on the stocks through angling policy/guidelines and enhance stocks through habitat improvements and restocking efforts essential. The board hopes that anglers will see these measures as a way to ensure the continuation and enhancement of their angling experience. Through good management, responsible angling behaviour, stock enhancement through hatchery production and habitat enhancement we can help ensure the future of the Dee Salmon and Sea Trout fishery.
The DDSFB requests that anglers:
GFT undertake electrofishing surveys on Galloway's river catchments each year. This is a summary of a report on the health of salmon and trout populations in the Fleet catchment between 2016 and 2018.
Courtney is GFT's second Saving the Sparling intern. She has been working towards the arrival of Sparling since she began in December, focusing on education and public engagement. Sparling arrived in the Cree around the 22nd of February. This news story is Courtney's update on how it all went.