Providing Advice


An important aspect of the work of GFT is the provision of expertise and advice on a wide variety of fishery related topics. This includes planning applications, forestry design plans and Environmental Statements and Impact Assessments. GFT may charge for providing these services.

GFT also provides focused fishery advice.  GFT aims to encourage the sustainable development of freshwater fishing (stillwater and running) across the region.

The creation of new fisheries through either constructing new ponds or opening up inaccessible areas has taken place at a number of locations. GFT is able to assist in the design of new ponds, suitable fish species for introduction and help with the necessary licence applications.

Addressing problems on established fisheries is also undertaken. Key problems where best practice guidance is provided includes control of problem aquatic plants, reducing predation problems and management of bank sides to allow fishing whilst protecting their biodiversity value.

Advice is also provided to ensure fisheries are run in a sustainable manner for the long term. This may include limiting angling pressure / fishing methods or promoting catch and release. GFT plays an important role providing expert advice to companies when planning and completing construction works in or close to water courses.

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Paid internship with GFT

A paid internship is available from early July 2024 until early January to work with Galloway Fisheries Trust on the Solway Invasive Non Native Species INNS Control and Knowledge programme Phase 2.

Annan Riparian Restoration Network

GFT has been successful in securing funding from the FIRNS scheme to develop a large-scale habitat restoration project for the River Annan catchment.

Improving fish passage and river flow below Tongland Dam

SEPA have been undertaking a review of the current CAR license which the Galloway Hydro Scheme operates under.

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