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.
C/o James Ingall
Castle Douglas DG7 3NF
Chairman – James Ingall
Treasurer – Bell Ogilvy, 36 King Street, Castle Douglas DG7 1AF
Legal advisor – Adam Turnbull, Gillespie Gifford & Brown LLP, 27 St Cuthbert Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4DJ
Upper Proprietors – James Ingall, Richard Agnew, The Lord Sinclair, Fiona McCulloch
Lower Proprietors – Stuart Ferns (for Drax Group), Richard Agnew (for Crown Estates)
Co-opted members - John McCubbing (New Galloway Angling Association), Mark Trueman (Dalry Angling Association)
Dee Bailiff- Alan McDowall 07792 198863
Upper Proprietors – James Ingall, Richard Agnew, Ronnie Wilson, W.F.E. Forbes, James Curtis (to represent the Tarff)
Invitees – Jamie Ribbens (Galloway Fisheries Trust)
AGM will be held on the 10th Novemeber 2021 at 11.00 am via Zoom. If you would like access to the zoom link please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Salmon season: 11th February – 31st October (no salmon fishing on a Sunday)
The Kirkcudbrightshire Dee has been designated as a Category 3 river under the Salmon Conservation Regulations. This means the killing of salmon is considered unsustainable. Compulsory catch and release of all rod caught salmon is required and contravention of the regulations will be a criminal offence. This categorisation is reviewed annually.
The DDSFB takes stock conservation very seriously, the low numbers of Salmon and Sea Trout make taking action to both reduce impact on the stocks through angling policy/guidelines and enhance stocks through habitat improvements and restocking efforts essential. The board hopes that anglers will see these measures as a way to ensure the continuation and enhancement of their angling experience. Through good management, responsible angling behaviour, stock enhancement through hatchery production and habitat enhancement we can help ensure the future of the Dee Salmon and Sea Trout fishery.
The DDSFB requests that anglers:
Encourage catch and release of sea trout.
All Sea Trout to be returned as stock levels are critical.
As December is right around the corner, I am sad to say that my internship here at GFT is nearly over. However, I am grateful for my experiences at the trust and there is still plenty for me to get up to before it does come to a close.