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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

About Us

The Trust is governed by a Board of 13 Directors and a Company Secretary representing a wide range of interests and professions, including anglers, land managers, legal profession, scientific and tourism.

The Trust employees have a range of skills to ensure we can effectively deliver our objectives. Additional field surveyors are employed to help during most summers.

Jamie Ribbens (Senior Biologist)

Jamie RibbensJamie grew up in Galloway. Following an education at Glasgow University (BSc Hons Aquatic Biodiversity) and Edinburgh University (MSc Environmental Protection & Management), he returned to work at the GFT in 1996. In 2002 he took over as the Senior Fisheries Biologist. His particular work interests are acidification, fish population dynamics, habitat restoration and rare fish research and management. Outside work Jamie enjoys most country sports, cycling, attending festivals and working his dog. Jamie is married and has one daughter.

Rowan McCleary (Fisheries Biologist)

Rowan ArmstrongRowan is a local girl from a farming background. She has a BSc Hons degree in Zoology from Glasgow University. After graduating in 2005, she spent a year working with the Forestry Commission before joining the Trust in December 2006. Her current responsibilities include running and maintaining the regional fishing website FishGalloway and the Vaki fish counter at Tongland on the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee. Office work aside, Rowan much prefers being outdoors and is a keen runner, often taking to the Galloway Hills with Fergus, her miniature shnauzer!

Jackie Graham (Fisheries Biologist)

Jackie GrahamJackie is originally from Aberdeenshire. Having gaining a BSc Hons in Aquatic Bioscience from Glasgow University in 1999, Jackie joined the Annan District Salmon Fishery Board as a river habitat surveyor. After joining the Trust in 2001 she has completed much work on North American Signal Crayfish and has become particularly interested in renewable energy developments and their effects on fish populations. In 2004 she gained the Chartered Environmentalist qualification. In her spare time Jackie continues to renovate her house and garden, enjoys horse riding and going to music concerts.

Angela Dalrymple (Administrator)

Angela DalrympleAngela grew up in Galloway and started office life with the local joiners/undertakers before moving on to the Forestry Commission. She has been involved with the Trust since 1991 and took up a permanent post in 1996. She has the unenviable job of ensuring the Trust office and finances run smoothly and efficiently. Increasingly she plays a pivotal role in the claiming of grants, in particular complex European funding. Angela is married with two sons and a daughter and has recently become a Granny! She enjoys outdoor activities with her family and looking after their horse and pony!

Victoria Semple (Fisheries Biologist)

Victoria Semple (Fisheries Biologist)Victoria grew up in the suburbs of Glasgow in Thorntonhall. Before going to university she took a gap year and lived in India teaching English to street children. She studied at Edinburgh Napier University and gained a 1st Class BSc Hons in Marine and Freshwater Biology. She is a qualified PADI Dive Master and hopes to use this in the future. She has a young daughter and joined the trust as a volunteer during her maternity leave to gain experience. Victoria officially joined the team in April 2016 and her main responsibilities include coordinating the control of invasive non-native plants around Galloways rivers and the running the GFT Water Quality Monitoring Program.