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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

Bladnoch District Salmon Fishery Board

Role of DSFB

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.

Powers and Duties

The powers and duties of a DSFB are summarised below.


  • to act, undertake works and incur expenses for the protection and improvement of the fisheries within their districts, for the increase of salmon and sea trout and the stocking of the district with these fish.
  • to impose financial assessments on each salmon fishery in the district, and to charge interest on arrears.
  • to borrow funds, and to incur a wide range of expenditure in furtherance of their powers and duties.
  • to appoint bailiffs to enforce the salmon fisheries legislation.
  • exempt persons from certain provisions of the law for scientific or other purposes.
  • to sue in the name of the clerk.

  • to appoint a clerk.
  • to maintain a list of proprietors within the DSFBs district.
  • to produce an annual report and audited accounts and to consider these at an AGM.
  • to call a triennial electoral meeting.
Clerk (contact details)

Peter Murray
AB&A Matthews
Bank of Scotland Buildings
Newton Stewart

DSFB Membership

Chairman: Sir Michael Wigan.
Upper Proprietors: Sir Michael Wigan, John Haley, Jonathan Haley, Richard Scott, Mark Davies and Andrew Gladstone.
Angling Representatives: Malcolm Adkin and Colin Richardson.
Invitees: SEPA, SNH and the Galloway Fisheries Trust.
Date and location of next meeting: Bladnoch DSFB meeting, Wednesday 15th February 2016 at 5:00pm in The Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart

DSFB Conservation Policy

Salmon season: 11th February – 31st October (no salmon fishing on a Sunday).

The Bladnoch has been designated as a Category 2 river under the new Salmon Conservation Regulations for the 2017 season. This means the killing of salmon is permitted (within the conditions outlined below). This categorisation is reviewed annually.

The Bladnoch DSFB requests all anglers to adhere to their conservation code:

  • All salmon / grilse to be returned before 1st June.
  • All hen salmon / grilse must be returned throughout season.
  • All cock salmon / grilse over 27 inches long (8lb) must be returned.
  • Syndicate and fishing club members may kill 1 cock salmon / grilse under 8lb per week (maximum 2 per season). Same for visiting anglers on weekly ticket.
  • Day ticket anglers have more stringent conditions dependent on beat.
  • All anglers should have pliers to help unhook fish.
  • No worm fishing for salmon before June 1st or after 1st Oct.
  • No use of Shrimp or Prawn as bait at any time.
  • No lures should be fitted with more than two trebles