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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

Luce 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)

David Greer
Resident Factor
Stair Estates Office

DSFB Membership

Chairman: The Right Honourable Earl of Stair
Treasurer: see clerk details above
Lower Proprietors: The Right Honourable Earl of Stair
Upper Proprietors: Dr Sir Nicholas Spicer
Head Bailiff: Martin Lock (07801 256846)
Invited Attendees – Mary Nicholson (angling syndicates), David Bythell (angling syndicates), Hans Topping (Stranraer & District Angling Association), Robert Greenhill (Stranraer Salmon Fishing Association), Angus McLean (Dunragit Angling Association), Jamie Ribbens (GFT), Jackie Graham (GFT), John Gorman (SEPA), Callum Sinclair (SNH) and three local councillors (Graeme Forster, Roberta Tuckfield and Jim McClung).
Date and location of next meeting: 9:30am, 6th June 2016 at Lochinch Stables Courtyard

DSFB Conservation Policy

Salmon season: 25th February – 31st October (no salmon fishing on a Sunday)

  • The Luce 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.
  • Fishing is by fly only.
  • As many sea trout as possible and all herling are to be returned.
  • A maximum of 2 sea trout per rod per day may be killed.
  • All hen fish taken in October will be returned to the River or placed in keep nets sited at strategic points along the River for transfer to the hatchery.
  • A hatchery is maintained for the production of young salmon and sea trout for restoration of the river and seeding less well populated parts of the catchment. Reorganised best practice is followed by the stocking programme.
  • An active Management & Conservation Plan is implemented through GFT.
  • Watercourse conservation and river bank maintenance is carried with assistance from GFT and SEPA.
  • Regular board meetings are held and all interested public, private and community interests are invited and encouraged to attend.