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River Management

The Findhorn

The River Findhorn District Salmon Fishery Board (DSFB) is a statutory body with responsibility for protecting and enhancing stocks of salmon and sea trout on the Findhorn and its tributaries.

The Findhorn DSFB is responsible for the entire River Findhorn catchment. The Findhorn Fishery District includes the River Findhorn and its tributaries plus 35 km of coastline in the Moray Firth, from Burghead to the east of the Findhorn estuary to The Bar in the west. The District extends 3 nautical miles out to sea. The Muckle, Mosset, Kinloss and Burgie Burns are also included within the District. The river arises in the Monaliadth Mountains. The catchment area is over 1,300km2 and the stream network length is about 1,500km, of which the main river comprises 90km.

The fishing season runs from 11th February until 30th September. (Dates may vary on different beats. Please check with your proprietor.)


The Nairn

The Nairn Fishery Board exists to protect, enhance and conserve Atlantic salmon and sea trout in the River Nairn. The River Nairn, located in the Scottish Highlands south and east of Inverness, flows through mountains, moorland and farmland to the Moray Firth, approximately 36 miles away. It is an essentially rural river, with the largest settlement, Nairn (pop. 8,600), at the river mouth. Fishings are owned privately and let to the Nairn Angling Association, and to other anglers via private proprietors. In recent years, catches have been reasonably good, although there is some concern about sea trout populations.


The Lossie

Management of salmon and sea trout within the River Lossie is the responsibility of the Lossie District Salmon Fishery Board (LDSFB). The Board works in close coordination with the Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Fisheries Trust (FNLFT) and is a member of the Association of Salmon Fisheries Board.

The official season for salmon and sea trout runs from the 25th February until 31st October. However, many of the fishing estates and Angling Associations vary the season length within this. For example, Elgin and District Angling Association (EDAA) delays the opening on their fishing until the 1st April for salmon and sea trout and closes the season for sea trout on the 30th September. They close the salmon season on the 31st October.

The new Salmon Conservation Regulations which come into effect on 1 April 2016, will make it a criminal offence to kill any salmon within the Lossie District throughout the season. This new legislation does not apply to sea trout.


The Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Fisheries Trust

promotes sustainable management of river resources and fish populations through research, restoration and education. To achieve this, the Trust works closely with the District Salmon Fishery Board for each river, and other relevant organisations. A charity and company limited by guarantee, the Trust relies on grants, donations and fundraising to implement projects.

Further details on the excellent work carried out by all three boards can be found at this link

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