The Ythan District Salmon Fishery Board was established on the 29 April 1864 under the Salmon Acts and now under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation)(Scotland) Act 2003. The Board is one of 41 Boards across Scotland (Fisheries Management Scotland website).
District Salmon Fishery Boards have the following powers and duties under current legislation:
to ensure that the Valuation Roll is kept up to date so that it includes all Riparian Hereditaments (Fishing Rights) in the District
Representing proprietor -Esslemont Estate, Ellon
Representing the River Ythan Trust as Secretary
Representing proprietor - Ramornie House
Co-opted member representing angling interests (Newburgh)
Representing angling interests (Haddo House Angling Club)
Co-opted member representing the Scottish Environment Protection Agency ( SEPA)
Representing proprietor -
M Bruce & Partners Ltd
Representing proprietor - Ardlogie House, Fyvie
Representing proprietor - Aberdeen and District Angling Association
Co-opted member representing
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) (Forvie National Nature Reserve)
The Ythan District Salmon Fishery Board a statutory body responsible for the protection and enhancement of Atlantic salmon and sea trout fisheries in the Ythan District, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The Board’s running costs are funded by proprietors who issues permits to anglers to fish in their fishings of the river. Proprietors can use or let out their areas as they wish providing they comply with the statutory instruments or local agreements. Proprietors have representatives on the Board.
The Board's funding is provided through the imposition of a charge (Assessment) on all proprietors within the District based on the Valuation Roll applicable at the time within the District. The rate of assessment (£ per £ of rateable value) is determined annually by the Board as being the overall sum necessary to fulfil the statutory duties and function of the Board divided by the total rateable value of the District
The Board produces reports throughout the year on catches, redd counts and the pisciverous bird count. The reports are available on our reports page.
The Board holds public meetings twice a year in January and June. Find out about upcoming meetings and download meeting minutes.
The Ythan District Salmon Fishery Board has a complaints handling procedure that outlines how the Board handles complaints, who to contact, timelines, record keeping and reporting of complaints.
Download the Ythan District Salmon Fishery Board Complaints Procedure (PDF)
If you would like to get in touch the Ythan District Salmon Fishery Board please contact:
Clerk to the Board
Phone: 01651 851664
The Estate Office
Mains of Haddo
The Ythan District Salmon Fishery Board is a member of Fisheries Management Scotland.
The River Ythan Trust is a registered charity
Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) number SCO 41269