Effective governance and the promotion and attainment of best practice across the sphere of salmon and sea trout fishery management are essential ingredients in the role of DSFBs in Scotland. ASFB encourages best practice through the development of policies on specific issues and the production of guidance to assist DSFBs in carrying out their statutory responsibilities in the most effective manner.
During 2011 ASFB developed a Code of Practice for DSFBs. This code, which was updated in 2014, sets out the key governing principles and general standards which DSFBs should follow.The code is designed to ensure a rigorous and consistent approach across the DSFB network, but one which allows solutions to be tailored to local conditions and catchment management. The importance of the Code of Good Practice is highlighted by the recent consultation on the Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill which proposes, under a section entitled ‘Modernising the Operation of District Salmon Fishery Boards’, that there should be a Code of Good Practice for wild salmon and freshwater fisheries and asks whether such a Code should be statutory or non-statutory.
- Scottish Government guidance on the good governance provisions in the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2013 (Aug 2013) (pdf)
ASFB have also produced a number of statements covering governance and operational issues.