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Galloway Fisheries Trust

Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. DG8 6ND
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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

Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill passed

14 June 2013

In mid May the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill was passed by Parliament and is expected to come into force by 1st August 2013.

The Association of Salmon Fisheries Boards have summarised the provisions contained in the bill and some of the key ones are detailed below. In addition to the items below there are a number of provisions regarding aquaculture.

Part 2: Salmon Fisheries, etc.
• Section 20 sets out a number of provisions relating to the openness and accountability of DSFBs and adds to the existing obligations on DSFBs. This section:
  o Places duties on the clerk of a DSFB in relation to, and requires the clerk to publish the board‘s agreed annual report and audited accounts.
  o Places obligation on DSFBs in relation to the content of the annual report.
  o Introduces an obligation on DSFBs to hold an annual public meeting and prescribes matters which must be considered at that meeting.
  o Requires a DSFB to compile, maintain and keep under review a procedure for dealing with complaints, and to publicise its terms.
  o Requires a DSFB to maintain and review arrangements for registering and declaring the relevant financial interests of board members.
  o Enables the Scottish Ministers to modify, by order, the good governance requirements.
  o Includes a reserve power for Scottish Ministers to dissolve, by order, the committee constituting the board, the effect of which is to prompt the calling of a meeting of qualified proprietors for the purpose of electing a new committee.

• Section 22 allows Scottish Ministers to introduce statutory carcass tagging by regulation.

• Section 23 allows a person authorised by Scottish Ministers to take and retain fish or samples of material from fish in order to carry out analyses, ascertain whether an offence has been committed under s33A of the 2003 Act (Unauthorised introduction of fish into inland waters) and to track or monitor a fish.

• Section 25 amends sections 33 (baits and lures), 37 (annual close times) and 38 (salmon conservation regulations) of the 2003 Act to enable Scottish Ministers to impose requirements to monitor and evaluate the effect of orders and regulations under those sections. This section also enables Ministers to alter both the annual close time for salmon for a salmon fishery district and a period during that close time in which it is permitted to fish for salmon by rod and line, but only as part of a salmon conservation regulation.

• Section 28 amends section 33A of the 2003 Act (unauthorised introduction of fish into inland waters). This section enables Ministers when granting consent to introduce fish or fish spawn to inland waters, and DSFBs when granting consent to introduce salmon or salmon spawn to inland waters within their district, to impose conditions and requirements on the consent. Section 28 also enables Scottish Ministers to modify, in regulations, DSFBs functions, e.g. to provide that they instead of a DSFB will exercise the consenting function with respect to the introduction or possession of salmon and salmon spawn.

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