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Galloway Fisheries Trust

Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. DG8 6ND
Telephone: 01671 403011 · Fax: 01671 402248 · Scottish Registered Charity No. SC020751

Looking downstream on the River Cree

Brown Trout

Looking upstream on the River Bladnoch

Felling of commercial forestry in Galloway Forest Park

Looking upstream on the River Luce

North American Signal Crayfish

The sandy beach at Loch Grannoch

Belted Galloway Cattle, or 'Belties'

Fly fishing on the River Cree

Murray's Monument

A small upland burn

A stoneloach

The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet

A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn

A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee

Advice Projects


An important aspect of the work of GFT is the provision of expertise and advice on a wide variety of fishery related topics. This includes planning applications, forestry design plans and Environmental Statements and Impact Assessments. GFT may charge for providing this service.

Loch Dee

Loch Dee

The GFT also provides focused fishery advice. The GFT aims to encourage the sustainable development of freshwater fishing (stillwater and running) across the region.

The creation of new fisheries through either constructing new ponds or opening up inaccessible areas has taken place at a number of locations. GFT is able to assist in the design of new ponds, suitable fish species for introduction and help with the necessary licence applications.

Addressing problems on established fisheries is also undertaken. Key problems where best practice guidance is provided includes control of problem aquatic plants, reducing predation problems and management of bank sides to allow fishing whilst keeping their biodiversity value.

Large pike caught in the Bladnoch

Large pike caught in the Bladnoch

Advice is also provided to ensure fisheries are run in a sustainable manner for the long term. This may include limiting angling pressure / fishing methods or promoting catch and release.