The Tay Foundation is a Charitable Trust helping the River Tay and its tributaries, fish and environment

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North Sea Drift Netting Buyout

In 2003 the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (UK) negotiated a deal whereby 80% of the drift net licence holders in north east England surrendered their licences for compensation.

A significant contribution was made by DEFRA, but something like £2,000,000 was raised by the private sector. The Tay Foundation made a generous contribution to this valuable initiative which allowed several thousand Tay salmon a much greater chance to return home.

A grilse caught in a Northumbrian drift net. It might have been heading for the Tay? As a result of the buyout 80% of the licences in this fishery have been surrendered. 

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(photo courtesy of the Salmon and Trout Association)