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:
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.