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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

New Scottish spring Salmon regs

20 January 2015

Returning a Salmon on the River Cree

Returning a Salmon on the River Cree

New statutory measures under ‘The Conservation of Salmon (Annual Close Times and Catch and Release) (Scotland) Regulations 2014’ are now in force making it illegal to kill any salmon in Scotland before 1st April. This covers both angling and net fisheries. All salmon caught by anglers between the start of the fishing season and the 1st April must be carefully released and not killed even if the fish is bleeding badly. These measures will be reviewed annually.

It is important to remember that most rivers will have their own DSFB River Rules in addition to the new statutory measures. Both the River Cree and Bladnoch require anglers to return spring salmon up to the 1st June. GFT strongly support these measures aimed at protecting the fragile spring salmon populations found locally. Most spring salmon are female and their eggs will produce the next generations of ‘springers’. The killing of a large spring salmon could potentially remove nearly 10,000 eggs from the system. These spring running multi-sea winter salmon typically head to the headwaters to spawn where acidification can be a problem in Galloway. Please practice Catch and Release for all salmon up to at least the 1st June (and beyond if fish are coloured).

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