The river is managed by the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board, a statutory authority whose members include fishery owners, anglers and tenant netsmen representatives. The Tay Rivers Trust, the Tay Ghillies Association and the River Earn Improvement Association are also highly active voluntary organisations committed to the conservation and improvement of fish stocks in the district.
Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board
The Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board (TDSFB) is the statutory organisation for the Tay catchment responsible for the management of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and sea trout (Salmo trutta).
The TDSF Board is made up of riparian owners elected to represent the upper and lower parts of the catchment and coopted members who represent the interests of anglers, and the Tay Rivers Trust. The board holds regular meetings.
The board has offices and a hatchery close to the city of Perth and employs water bailiffs and biologists. Together they look after over 5,000 miles of rivers, burns and lochs.
Their work includes river management, conservation, scientific research, bailiffing. A comprehensive description of the board's work is available on the projects page.
A listing of current members and annual reports can be obtained from the Clerk:
Tay District Salmond Fisheries Board, Site 6, Cromwell Park, Almondbank, Perth PH1 3LW. Tel 01738 583733.
Tay Rivers Trust
The Tay Rivers Trust is a charitable trust which has a remit to perform research into all species of fish in the River Tay catchment area, their environment and anything which might impact upon them.
It might also manage or advise on the management of fish stocks and it also has a remit to disseminate the findings of research and educate the public about all the species of fish and their environment in the River Tay and its tributaries.
In its early years, then called the Tay Foundation, it was mostly concerned with the buyouts of net fishing in the estuary of the River Tay. Since these were completed the Trust has started to focus on wider projects within the catchment.
The Tay Rivers Trust is administered by a board of Trustees.
The Tay Rivers Trust, Site 6, Cromwell Park, Almondbank, Perth PH1 3LW, Charity Number SC004026.