Fleet 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.


  • 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)

Richard Durling

Girthon Old Manse

Gatehouse of Fleet

Castle Douglas


Telephone: 07790495698

DSFB Membership

Chairman: Richard Gilbey
Treasurer: see clerk details above
Upper Proprietors: Richard Gilbey (Rusko Estate), Elspeth Sutton (Cally Estate), Kay Paton (Murray-Usher Foundation), Mark Hannay (Cardoness Estate)
Invitees - Galloway Fisheries Trust
Date and location of next meeting: TBC

DSFB Conservation Policy

Salmon season: 1st May – 31st October (no salmon fishing on a Sunday)

  • The Water of Fleet 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.
  • To encourage catch and release of sea trout.


Fleet DSFB Accounts
Fleet DSFB Accounts


Fleet DSFB AGM 28th July 2016 Minutes
Fleet DSFB AGM 28th July 2016 Minutes


Water of Fleet electrofishing report 2016-2018
GFT undertake electrofishing surveys on Galloway’s river catchments each year. This is a report on the health of salmon and trout populations in the Fleet catchment between 2016 and 2018.


Fleet DSFB AGM 31st May 2019


Fleet DSFB Accounts 2017/18/19 summary


Fleet DSFB Chairman's Report


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.



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