River Don Management

The Don District Salmon Fishery Board (DDSFB)

The Don District Salmon Fishery Board is the statutory body tasked with protecting and enhancing stocks of salmon and sea trout across the district.

Represent, co-ordinate and promote the interests of Scottish salmon and sea trout fisheries and generally to take such steps as may be desirable for the protection, preservation and development of salmon fisheries of Scotland and having regard for the environment and other fauna and flora.

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The River Don Trust

The River Don Trust is a charity registered in Scotland, No: SC036015.

River & Fishery Trusts/Foundations/Research Institutes are independent charitable Trusts briefed to contribute to river and fishery management for the benefit of all fish species living within the aquatic habitat of their catchments.

By definition of their constitutions, Trusts are equally representative of proprietorial and community interests. They have a broad based agenda for the improvement of freshwater aquatic species and their habitat and the consequential environmental, economic and political benefits derived from their works.

What do they do?

The work of member Trusts addresses the catastrophic decline in fish numbers and the management of other freshwater species in Scottish river systems which largely result from the depredation of salmon & sea trout. They research and collect scientific information to form and provide objective advice on River Management Plans to counteract this decline.

The basis for advice is determined to be inclusive of the needs of all user groups related to the river catchment resource.

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River Don otter

Otter






River Don brown trout

River Don brown trout



River Don Brown Trout Improvement Association (RDBTIA)

The River Don Brown Trout Improvement Association was created to supervise and implement the measures laid down under the Brown Trout Protection Order granted to the River Don in the early '90s.

The RDBTIA's function is to monitor the Protection Order and report on what measures are being taken to improve the access to reasonably priced Brown Trout fishing, habitat management and the policing of tickets on the water (a requirement of the PO) although this function is principally met by the bailiff team of the River Don District Salmon Fishery Board it is within the remit of the RDBTIA to have Wardens on the river.

Part of the programme of improvements has been the stocking out of native River Don juvenile brown trout along with advice from a variety of advisory groups.

The RDBTIA is changing in light of developments on the River Don and has been a strong part of the development team for the new River Don Trust. The Trust, the RDDSFB and the RDBTIA have very common goals with regard to the husbandry of the river habitat. In light of the changes that are coming in fisheries management working co-operatively rather than disparately has already proven very worthwhile for all parties.

However, the RDBTIA does have particular areas of interest which require a separate approach. Most notably this includes encouraging fair pricing of trout fishing throughout the river system and increasing reasonable access. Developing strong links with proprietors of trout fishing and improving access to some parts of the river is a clear goal for the RDBTIA during 2009.

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