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.
Girthon Old Manse
Gatehouse of Fleet
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
The Water of Fleet Salmon Fishery Management Plan (2023 - 2028) is available to view here https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/2dfdbbdf98d643d8b72cab70368d30e0
Date and location of next meeting: Fleet DSFB AGM - 5:30pm 29th August 2023 at Gatehouse of Fleet Community Centre
Salmon season: 1st May – 31st October (no salmon fishing on a Sunday)
On Saturday 26th August we held our annual Kirkcowan Fishing Competition. 35 adults and 12 juniors entered the competition this year, providing a fund of £211 that is put back into the event via prizes and a buffet.
Riparian zones bridge the gap between land and river, creating an important habitat for insects while also providing shade and protection against erosion. We do a lot of habitat work mainly to help aquatic species like fish, but we are keen to monitor and understand the wider biodiversity benefits.