Greenalert I think the Tweed is a set charge per fish recorded as caught on that beat, this does not vary from beat to beat and may be in the range of over £60 per salmon and somewhat less for seatrout. Try some of the contacts on , Fish Scotland tomorrow.
O give me Grace to catch a fish, so big that even I, when telling of it afterwards shall never need to lie.
Sorry if I am being a bit naive, but would I have to ask the district valuation offices for details on each individual beat?
The district valuer bases his valuation on other variables a long with the catches. Catches will have some bearing BUT it is not the only criteria, you might struggle to see the connection between rod catches and the rate
There are two aspects here, the rateable value of the river (as set by the local assessor) and the rate per £ (as set by the DSFB to raise funds to cover operating expenses). I know that in the SW of Scotland, the rate per £ ranges from around £0.36 to over £1.00, as each river has different requirements and expenses. The rate is not levied per fish but a rate is set for each beat according to the assessors valuation of what the beat should produce.
The whole thing is a minefield as there is no consistency between the valuations placed by different local assessors, no surprise, why should there be or how could there be? This is why the ASFB have now changed their levy system for member DSFB's to a rate per fish caught based on the 5 year rolling average, rather than being based on the local assessment of each river.
Greenalert, you may find difficult to get an answer to your question although I suggest that you contact the ASFB who may be able to help.
"Perhaps fishing is, for me, only an excuse to be near rivers." - Roderick Haig-Brown
This year the Tweed levy is £49.50 per salmon taken on the beat, but I am currently checking reports that £15 per salmon returned is also applied, that is for a fish reported but returned.
The Tweed rate is generated by the beat's number of fish as a ratio to all fish caught on the river, divided into the Commissioners annual allocated budget for that year. The beat fish count is calculated on a 5 year rolling average.
+ £14 if its a Tuesday , but less three pounds if the sun shines all day !
The freedom of information act will not do what it says on the tin in this respect. Only overall river catches will be made known as is legally required.
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