Fisheries Management Scotland
At our recent AGM in November 2016 it was agreed that ASFB should change its name to Fisheries Management Scotland. Our constitution was altered to open membership to Fisheries Trusts, in addition to District Salmon Fishery Boards. We are in the process of developing a new website, which we expect to be in place in January 2017.
The Association of Salmon Fishery Boards is the representative body for Scotland’s 41 District Salmon Fishery Boards (DSFBs) including the River Tweed Commission (RTC), who have a statutory responsibility to protect and improve salmon and sea trout fisheries.
Conservation of fish stocks, and the habitats on which they depend, is essential. Many DSFBs operate riparian habitat enhancement schemes and have voluntarily adopted ‘catch and release’ practices, which in some cases are made mandatory by the introduction of Salmon Conservation Regulations. ASFB create policies that seek where possible to protect wider biodiversity and our environment as well as enhancing the economic benefits for our rural economy that result from angling.
ASFB works closely with Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland, the representative body for all Fishery Trusts in Scotland. Fishery Trusts play a key role in scientific monitoring of fish populations and education.