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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

Urr 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)

George Gourlay
GM Thomson & Company
35 Buccleuch Street

DSFB Membership

Chairman: R Bellamy
Treasurer: see clerk details above
Lower Proprietors: Kevin Gibson and R Bellamy (representing Ann Emkes)
Upper Proprietors: S Craig, W G N Gourlay, D Biggar, Gordon Kerr (representing Chips Keswick)
Angling Associations: K Irvine (CDAA), W Marshall (DAA)
Invitees – Galloway Fisheries Trust and SEPA

Date and location of next meeting: Board Meeting will be held at 7.00pm on 27th November 2017 and the Urr DSFB AGM is at 7.00pm on 12th March 2018. Both meetings held at the Market Inn, Queen Street, Castle Douglas.

DSFB Conservation Policy:

Salmon season: 15th March – 30th November (no salmon fishing on a Sunday).

  • The Urr 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.
  • To follow the River Urr Management Plan to enhance and improve habitats and water quality.
  • Fishing for salmon should not commence before 15th March (to protect kelts).
  • All salmon and grilse caught before the first of June should be returned.
  • All fish over 27 inches (69cm) in length, caught between 1st June and 30th November should be returned.
  • All sea trout over 3lbs should be returned.
  • All trout under 250mm (10 inches) should be returned.
  • Herling will be fished from the bank only.
  • There will be no spinning or worming in low water.
  • No night fishing before 1st May.