THE TAY DISTRICT SALMON FISHERIES BOARD
PROTECTING & IMPROVING THE TAY
The Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board is the statutory body empowered to protect and improve the salmon fisheries in the Tay district. This means looking after not just Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and sea trout (Salmo trutta) but the River Tay system as a whole. This website provides details of its activities, including information on governance, meetings and information on the salmon and salmon fisheries of the River Tay, the largest salmon river in Scotland.
The Board is made up of salmon fishery owners or their representatives elected to represent the Upper and Lower parts of the catchment and coopted members who represent anglers and tenant netsmen.
The Board has offices and a hatchery close to the city of Perth and employs water fisheries officers and biologist. Together they look after over 5,000 miles of rivers, burns and lochs.
Their work includes enforcement, river management, conservation and scientific research.
A comprehensive description of the Board’s work is available on the projects page.
The Board holds regular meetings which the public can attend as observers, although some agenda items might require to be considered in private.
TDSFB Minutes: Please note that Minutes from the most recent Board meeting will not appear on the website until they have been ratified by the Board at the following Board meeting. For example, Minutes from the February meeting will not appear on the website in February, but will be posted after they are ratified at the April meeting.
The current Board undertook to carry out a satisfaction survey on our activities over the last year. Please read the TDSFB document attached regarding 2021 River Plan Outcomes before answering the survey.
The TDSFB meets on regular basis and produces various reports to download.
All Board meetings, including the Annual Meeting of Proprietors, are also open to the public, but as observers only. The only exception is the Annual Public Meeting where the public can participate fully. Some items at Board meetings may be considered in private, however.
Next meeting date is
Tuesday, 11th April 2023 at 10am. Venue the Summerhill Hatchery, Almondbank, Perth, PH1 3LW
2023 BOARD MEETING DATES
- Thursday, 23rd February, 10am at Summerhill Hatchery
- Tuesday, 11th April, 10am at Summerhill Hatchery
- Wednesday, 19th April, 5pm, at the A93 road bridge, Blairgowrie, followed by return to Summerhill Hatchery by ca. 7.30pm
- Tuesday, 6th June, 7pm the Summerhill Hatchery
- Tuesday, 8th August, 7pm at Summerhill Hatchery
- Tuesday, 17th October, 10am at the Summerhill Hatchery
- Tuesday, 6th December, 9:30am at the Birnam Institute, followed by Annual Meeting of Proprietors at 11am
The current Board was elected in December 2020 to serve a period of three years. The Board currently comprises five upper proprietor representatives, two lower proprietor representatives, three co-optees and two representatives from partnership bodies. The next elections will take place in December 2023.
Convener and Upper Proprietor Mandate for Crown Estates Scotland
Lower Proprietor Mandate Tay Salmon Fisheries Company
Tenant Netsman Co-optee
Upper Proprietor Mandate for Burnmouth
Angling Representative Co-optee
Upper Proprietor Mandate for Stanley
Upper Proprietor Meikleour and Upper Islamouth
Angling Representative Co-optee
Upper Proprietor Mandate North Chesthill
Lower Proprietor Mandate for Perth & Kinross Council
Dr David Summers
David has over 30 years experience in the field of salmon and freshwater fisheries research and management. He initially studied with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland at their North Esk research station at Montrose, then spent six years working in the south of England for the Game Conservancy Trust’s fisheries team. He then became the manager of the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board in 1999 and continues to lead the team protecting and improving the Tay’s salmon fisheries.
Operations Manager: Mike Brown
Craig Duncan 07748338667
David Ross 07974360789
Ross Pirie 07971695115
Marek Wolf 07816 159183
Hatchery Manager: Craig Duncan
Tel: 01738 583755