The River Ayr District Salmon Fishery Board manages the protection, enhancement and conservation of the Atlantic salmon and sea trout stocks in the River Ayr. It also has a duty to ensure the general protection and enhancement of the fishery.

Board Members

  • (Chairman) position vacant at present
  • William Menzies (Cumnock AC)
  • Robin Wilson (Ladykirk AC)
  • Kenny Murray (Mauchline & Ballochmyle AC)
  • Andrew Ballantyne (Sorn & Cumnock AC)
  • John Alexander (Tarbolton AC)
  • Jamie McGhee (Cumnock AC)
  • Michael Canning

 

Associates

Stuart Brabbs (Ayrshire Rivers Trust – senior biologist and Trust manager)
Forbes Watson (D.W Shaw solicitors – Clerk to the DSFB)

Aims Of The Board

  • To set and collect fishing levies from proprietors and tenants to allow effective management of the river by those appointed to the District Salmon Fishery Board
  • Provide fishery protection
  • Police the purchase and sale of illegally caught and unseasonable fish
  • Improve fish passage over man made obstructions and barriers
  • Protect juvenile fish and spawning redds
  • Reverse the trend in the decline of adult Atlantic salmon by implementing policies that safeguard and enhance the natural spawning stock and the freshwater habitat
  • Conduct habitat, population and migration assessments to guide management strategies
  • Encourage good conservation policies to stop over exploitation of salmon
  • Conserve and establish sustainable fisheries for the River Ayr
  • Extend fishery awareness
  • To ensure anglers are aware and abide by Scottish government Conservation Measures
  • To find ways to improve the Conservation status of salmon stocks within the catchment whilst meeting necessary government requirements

Minutes of Meetings

  • Meeting 1
  • Meeting 2