Dee District Salmon Fishery Board

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)

Adam Turnbull
Gillespie Gifford & Brown LLP
27 St Cuthbert Street


DSFB Membership

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 – Martin McGhie (for Drax Group), Richard Agnew (for Crown Estates)

Other reps - Mark Trueman (Dalry Angling Association), Jamie Ribbens (Galloway Fisheries Trust)


Date of next meeting

AGM will be held 2pm on 21st December 2023 at Crossmichael Church Hall, Crossmichael, Castle Douglas.  If you wish to attend please contact the clerk to the Board on  The meeting is open to the public.     

DSFB Conservation Policy

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.
  • The use of Prawn is banned and worming is allowed only in high water.
  • Barbless or crimped hooks are recommended.
  • Kill and report any North American signal crayfish.
  • Report to head bailiff any Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam, Giant hogweed or Mink.
  • Report to head bailiff any fish with signs of diseased or parasites.


Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy for the River Dee DSFB


Dee DSFB AGM minutes 8th April 2017
Dee DSFB AGM minutes 8th April 2017


Dee DSFB AGM minutes 8th April 2016
Dee DSFB AGM minutes 8th April 2016


Report on the distribution of INNS in the River Dee Catchment
As part of a Galloway Glens funded biosecurity project, GFT has produced a report detailing the current distribution of Invasive Non- Native Species within the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee catchment. The next stage of this project is producing a Biosecurity Management Plan looking forward.


Interesting paper on Impacts of acidification on Brown trout.
Impacts of acidification on brown trout Salmo trutta populations and the contribution of stocking to population recovery and genetic diversity.


The Rise and Fall of Galloway and Carrick Trout
Andy Ferguson, Caroline Bradley, Robin Ade, Colin Roberts, Jackie Graham, and Paulo Prodöhl look at the impact of acidification on trout and discuss some results from their current study.


5 Year Biosecurity Management Plan
GFT produced a 5 years management plan for the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee for 2020-2024 outlining the desired approach to tacking Non-Native Invasive Species.


Upper Dee Salmon Restoration Project


Creamery Weir Electrofishing Report
2020 monitoring report following the removal of the Creamery Weir.


DDSFB AGM April 2018


DDSFB AGM April 2019


Minutes of DDFSB AGM 28th August 2020


Kirkcudbrightshire Dee Salmon Migration Study Summary 2021
Summary of the salmon smolt tracking project on the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee undertaken in 2021.


2022 final accounts for DDSFB
2022 final accounts for DDSFB


2021 DDSFB AGM minutes
2021 DDSFB AGM minutes



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