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River Management

The Nith District Salmon Fishery Board

The Nith District Salmon Fishery Board is constituted under the Salmon Fisheries Legislation commencing in the 1860s as subsequently amended and presently stated in the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003. The Board is empowered under the 2003 Act and other legislation to do such Acts as it considers expedient for the protection, enhancement and conservation of stocks of salmon and sea trout and the general protection and enhancement of the fishery itself.

The Board’s principle objectives are therefore to preserve, protect and enhance stocks of migratory salmonids in the Nith catchment and to preserve, protect and enhance the fishery.

The Board’s Function

The Board functions through a series of meetings convened throughout the year. Strategy and policies are considered to ensure the effective sustainable management of the resource for the future benefit of the proprietors of the salmon fishings in the River Nith Catchment. The Board’s policies are implemented throughout the catchment under the supervision of the Fisheries Director on a day to day basis.

To find out more about the day to day running of the Board click here.

Nith Catchment Fishery Trust

The Nith Catchment Fishery Trust/ is a company which has gained charitable status and has been formed to conserve and enhance all native freshwater fish and their habitats located within the inland and coastal waters of the River Nith catchment and the jurisdictional area of the Nith District Salmon Fishery Board. The Trust works closely with the Nith District Salmon Fishery Board to help achieve a more all encompassing level of conservation throughout the catchment.

The Trust is involved in a number of conservation initiatives including:

  • Habitat Schemes where sections of the watercourses are fenced off and planted with native trees to improve habitat for fish and aquatic invertebrates as well as stabilising the banks and reducing erosion. In future years, once the trees have become well established, the shading created from over hanging branches will help to stabilise the water temperature of the watercourse and help prevent burns from drying up during hot summers. These schemes also act as a buffer zone to the river, helping to decrease the run off of nitrates and chemicals from surrounding land.
  • Education is an important part of the Trusts objectives and the Trust run the Salmon in the Classroom project in a number of schools throughout the Nith catchment. The project is a fun, hands on method of getting children involved with fish and the work involved with conserving their habitats as well as teaching them about the importance of keeping rivers clean and healthy. Hopefully in the future, along with projects such as Fishing for Knowledge, this will help to get more youngsters involved with fishing as a recreational sport.
  • Research into the genetics of salmon and sea trout are being carried out by the Celtic Sea Trout Project (CSTP) and Focusing Atlantic Salmon Management on Populations Project (FASMOP). The Trust is assisting these project by taking genetic samples which will then be analysed and from which

Monitoring of fish populations

The Trust is responsible for monitoring the health of juvenile salmonid and other fish populations within the Nith catchment and conducts electrofishing surveys throughout the summer. This data will help when deciding on future management strategies for the catchment.


Invasive Non-native species and disease pose a threat to the Nith catchment and the Trust aims to raise the awareness of the threats posed by the introduction of North American Signal Crayfish and Gyrodactylus salaris to the Nith catchment as well as monitoring for their presence on a continuous basis. Read more on the biosecurity link in the river menu.

Nith Catchment Fishery Trust
37 George Street, Dumfries, DG1 1EB
Tel: 01387 740043

Nith Catchment Fishery Trust is a Registered Scottish Charity. Charity no. SC040908. Company no. SC366067. Registered Office: 37 George Street, Dumfries, DG1 1EB. Registered in Scotland

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