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River Management


The Ness District Salmon Fishery Board is a statutory body responsible for the protection and enhancement of salmon and sea trout fisheries in the Ness District.

It was constituted under the 1862 and 1868 Salmon Fisheries Legislation, subsequently amended in the Salmon Act 1986 and the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Act 2001 and more recently amalgamated under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003.

The Ness and Beauly Fisheries Trust (the ‘Trust’) is an environmental charity established to ‘secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of both the Rivers Beauly and Ness and the native fish stocks within their catchments’.

The Trust was formed in 2005 and registered as a charity with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) on 20th December 2006 (Scottish Charity Registration Number SC 037684). It is also a Company Limited by Guarantee (incorporated on 12th December 2005) and is registered at Companies House (Company Registration Number SC 294401).

The Trust has a Board of non-Executive Directors (Trustees) led by a Chair appointed by the Board. The Board of Directors is drawn from nominated representatives of local fisheries interests and co-opted members agreed and appointed by the Board itself. Its governance arrangements are determined by the Memorandum and Articles of Association registered with both OSCR and Companies House and a suite of operational policies and procedures. The Trust employs a team of staff headed by a part-time Director based at Corff House on the bank of the River Beauly.

The Trust supports and promotes holistic catchment management, drawing together all stakeholders to provide a vehicle to allow them to invest in this management.

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