Welcome to the Spey Fishery Board
The Spey Fishery Board was established under the 1862 and 1868 Salmon Fisheries legislation. This was subsequently amended and presently stated in the Salmon Act 1986 and the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Act 2001. This legislation has more recently been amalgamated under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003. There are 42 District Salmon Fishery Boards around Scotland, of which the Spey Fishery Board is considered to be one of the “Big Four”, alongside the Tweed Commission and the Dee and Tay District Salmon Fishery Boards. The Board is empowered under the legislation to take such acts as it considers expedient for the protection, enhancement and conservation of Atlantic Salmon and Sea Trout stocks and their fisheries.
The Spey Foundation is the research branch of the board, its main remit being to provide the Board with scientific evidence to assist with their management decisions. Read more about the Spey Foundation here.
Area of Responsibility
The Spey Fishery Board is responsible for the Spey Fishery District, which includes 52 rod fisheries within the mainstem of the Spey and its tributaries. The District covers 107 miles of Mainstem River, approximately 560 miles of tributaries and 20 miles of coastline in the Moray Firth, from Lossiemouth to the west of the Spey estuary to Cowhythe Head in the east. The District’s coastal area extends 3 nautical miles out to sea.
The River Spey’s Tributaries include:
The Spey Fishery Board has the following Statutory Responsibilities:
- Provide fisheries protection
- Set Salmon rod fishery season (11th February – 30th September)
- Set Sea Trout rod fishery season (15th March – 30th September)
- Set weekly rod fishery close times (midnight Saturday – midnight Sunday)
- Police the purchase and sale of illegally-caught or unseasonable fish
- Ensure fish passage over obstructions to migration
- Protect juvenile fish and spawning redds
- Regulate the movement and introduction of adults, juveniles and ova