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.
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.
Bank of Scotland Buildings
Chairman: Colin Richardson
Upper Proprietors: Sir Michael Wigan, John Haley, Jonathan Haley, Richard Scott, Andrew Gladstone and Mark Godfrey, Mark Davies (Co-optee) and Charlie McNeill
Angling Representative : Colin Richardson
Invitees: SEPA, SNH and the Galloway Fisheries Trust
Date and location of next meeting: This years Bladnoch DSFB meetings will be held on the 7th of May and 3rd of September. AGM will be held on the 26th November. All meetings will be held at 5:00pm in The Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart.
Salmon season: 11th February – 31st October (no salmon fishing on a Sunday).
The Bladnoch has been designated as a Category 3 river under the new Salmon Conservation Regulations for the 2019 season. This means the killing of salmon is illegal and all salmon fishing must be catch and release. This categorisation is reviewed annually.
The Bladnoch DSFB requests all anglers to adhere to their recommended rules:
Bladnoch and District Salmon Fishery Board Rules 2018/9
Seasons Salmon/Sea Trout 11th February to 31st October
Brown Trout 15th March to 6th October
Each spring the GFT organises an afternoon of presentations covering our work over the previous year. The attendees are usually various funders, supporting organisations, key stakeholders and interested parties.
During the summer this year, we undertook a project (commissioned by Scottish Power) examining why in some years at Tongland fish pass there are a larger number of returning adult Atlantic salmon which are heavily infected with Saprolegnia fungus, in comparison to other years.
A summary of the 2018 timed electrofishing surveys for the Urr are provided. These surveys target salmon fry and provide information on annual fluctuations and distribution across 12 sites spread over the catchment.