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.
GM Thomson & Company
35 Buccleuch Street
Chairman: R Bellamy
Treasurer: see clerk details above
Lower Proprietors: Kevin Gibson and R Bellamy (representing Ann Emkes)
Upper Proprietors: Angus Ferguson, A J Graham (Tony), W G N Gourlay, D Biggar, Gordon Kerr (representing Chips Keswick)
Angling Associations: K Irvine (CDAA), W Marshall (DAA)
Invitees – Galloway Fisheries Trust and SEPA
Date and location of next meeting: The Urr DSFB AGM is at 7.00pm on 18th March 2019 and the next board meeting will be on Monday 25th November at 7.00pm. Both meetings will be held at the Market Inn, Queen Street, Castle Douglas.
Salmon season: 15th March – 30th November (no salmon fishing on a Sunday).
All river rules for the Urr can be found in the download section in the document "Rules of the River 2018".
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.