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.
Chairman: W Marshall
Treasurer: see clerk details above
Board members: Angus Ferguson, W G N Gourlay, J Biggar, Matthew Law (representing Chips Keswick), Martin Emkes, Richard Bellamy, Joe Seed (representing Knockvennie)
Angling Associations: K Irvine (CDAA), W Marshall (DAA)
Invitees – Galloway Fisheries Trust
Date and location of next Board meeting: Urr DSFB meeting 1st of November 2022 at 7pm, Maxwell Arms in Dalbeattie.
Next AGM: Tuesday 17th April 2023 at 7pm, Maxwell Arms in Dalbeattie.
Salmon season: 15th March – 30th November (no salmon fishing on a Sunday).
All river rules for the Urr can be found in the download section in the document "Rules of the River 2018".