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: Colin Richardson
Upper Proprietors: Sir Michael Wigan, John Haley, Jonathan Haley, Richard Scott, Andrew Gladstone and Mark Godfrey, Mark Davies (Co-optee) and Charlie McNeill
Angling Representative : Colin Richardson
Invitees: SEPA, SNH and the Galloway Fisheries Trust
Date and location of next meeting: Board meetings will be held on the 5th May and 8th September 2020. Location TBC. This years Bladnoch DSFB AGM will be held on the 24th November 2020. This meeting will be held at 6:30pm in The Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart.
Salmon season: 11th February – 31st October (no salmon fishing on a Sunday).
The Bladnoch has been designated as a Category 3 river under the new Salmon Conservation Regulations for the 2019 season. This means the killing of salmon is illegal and all salmon fishing must be catch and release. This categorisation is reviewed annually.
The Bladnoch DSFB requests all anglers to adhere to their recommended rules:
Bladnoch and District Salmon Fishery Board Rules 2018/9
Seasons Salmon/Sea Trout 11th February to 31st October
Brown Trout 15th March to 6th October
The long awaited Sparling Bridge successfully opened on Saturday 30th November. Crowds gathered either side of the bridge on the sunny afternoon to celebrate the grand opening of the new pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting the communities of Minnigaff and Newton Stewart.
The Galloway Fisheries Trust is working with Natural England to produce a detailed Smelt Restoration Management Plan for the inner Solway Firth, to be the framework for European smelt (sparling) recovery in designated Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) around England and Wales.