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.
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.
The powers and duties of a DSFB are summarised below.
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Chairman: Charlie McNeill
Upper Proprietors: Sir Michael Wigan, Jonathan Haley, Richard Scott, Andrew Gladstone and Mark Godfrey, Mark Davies (Co-optee), David Pagan (Co-optee) and Charlie McNeill
Angling Representatives: David Pagan (Co-optee)
Invitees: NatureScot and the Galloway Fisheries Trust
The Bladnoch Salmon Fishery Management Plan (2023 - 2028) is available to view here
Date and location of next meeting: The following dates and times have been agreed for the next Board meeting in 2023:
- Tuesday 21st November at 5:30pm at Kirkcowan Village Hall
- AGM is on Tuesday 21st November at 6pm at Kirkcowan Village Hall
Salmon season: 11th February – 31st October (no salmon fishing on a Sunday).
The river has been classified as Category 3 by Marine Scotland for season 2023 which means that exploitation of salmon is not allowed. All salmon caught must be returned to the river immediately after being caught.
The Bladnoch DSFB requests all anglers to adhere to their recommended rules:
Bladnoch and District Salmon Fishery Board Rules 2023
Seasons Salmon/Sea Trout: 11th February to 31st October
Brown Trout: 15th March to 6th October
On Saturday 26th August we held our annual Kirkcowan Fishing Competition. 35 adults and 12 juniors entered the competition this year, providing a fund of £211 that is put back into the event via prizes and a buffet.
Riparian zones bridge the gap between land and river, creating an important habitat for insects while also providing shade and protection against erosion. We do a lot of habitat work mainly to help aquatic species like fish, but we are keen to monitor and understand the wider biodiversity benefits.