About Us

Purpose

The aims of the Trust are:

  • To conduct research on river management and on native freshwater fish such as salmon and sea trout
  • To conserve and restore these species
  • To improve the habitats of native freshwater fish
  • To provide education and enhance understanding of the river environment and river catchment management.

Activities

  • Education
    • Advising proprietors and anglers on best practices in:
      • Catch and release
      • Taking sea trout scales for research
      • Preventing the introduction of Gyrodactylus salaris
      • River-friendly land-management practices
    • Raising awareness of river-friendly land management practices
    • Working with other river users such as rafters and kayakers to maintain the health of the rivers and fish
    • Production of newsletter that identifies current issues on the rivers, reports on Trust activities, and shares best practices. The audience includes proprietors, anglers, donors, Associate Members, funders. If you would like to receive the newsletter, please contact the Office

Structure

The Trust is a charity and a company limited by guarantee. It is managed by a Board, consisting of representatives of the District Salmon Fishery Boards, local angling associations and people interested in conservation, which meets four times per year. The Highland Council, Moray Council, SEPA and SNH are associate members.

The Trust works closely with the District Salmon Fishery Boards of the Rivers Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie. The Boards have the statutory responsibility for migrating salmonids. The Trust looks after all native species, and is concerned with river catchment management on a holistic scale. The Boards and Trust are separate entities but share some scientific and administrative support and work closely together.

Board Members

Hon. Mark Laing, Chairman
Philip Mackenzie, Treasurer
Jamie Whittle, Company Secretary
Alasdair Laing OBE
Frank Clark
James Dunbar
Rossie Macrae
Fred Rhind
Roy Dennis MBE
Marcus Braithwaite-Exeley
David Houldsworth

Funding

The Trust’s funding comes from contributions from the DSFBs, from angler contributions (suggested donation of £5/rod/day), and from additional grants and additional fundraising. We always welcome donations from interested individuals and organisations.

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