Our History

The Tay and Earn Trust History

In early 2000 the Fife Rural Partnership, Tay Salmon Fisheries and Perth and Kinross Council established the Tay Regeneration Project. The Tay was seen as the lost jewel in the crown and partners agreed to jointly fund a development officer to promote the regeneration of the Tay and Earn. The aims were to improve access to the river, attract new visitors and create jobs and employment. Successful projects included the completion of the waterfront development of Newburgh.

In 2008 it was recognised that a more robust and dynamic project delivery vehicle was required to secure external funding and manage and develop some of the larger projects. As a result the Tay and Earn Trust was established and registered as a scottish charity in 2013. Since then significant public and private sector funding has been secured and a range of regeneration, educational and research studies and environmental management projects have been delivered including:

  • the Inner Tay Masterplan 2012-22
  • phase 1 of the Perth City Activity Centre
  • back braes footpath Newburgh
  • harbour wall repair and construction of slipway Newburgh
  • bio-fuels feasibility study using the Tay reed beds, willow and drift wood
  • interpretation boards for west oaks orchard and footpath to Rodney Pavillion Perth

The Tay Salmon fishing company is a major partner and founder of the Trust and a brief history of the company is included below.

Tay Salmon Fishing Company

Net fishing on the Tay started several hundred years ago and by the mid 1700’s, had become a huge business with exports to several countries.

The Tay Salmon Fisheries Company was established in 1899 by P.D. Malloch who bought up the fishing rights along the river and estuary. By bringing them under one umbrella it became one of the biggest such operations in the country.

Malloch may be said to have gone further than any other man in explaining the life history of salmon and trout. His knowledge of the movement of these fish and of the flies and insects consumed by the latter was vast. In his later years he became a great authority on all matters relating to salmon and trout.

He was the first to study the importance of scale markings on salmon, and proved that every period passed in river or sea could be explained by markings on the scale themselves. With his encyclopaedic knowledge of insect life, it is not surprising that he achieved much renown as a fisherman.

Today’s Chairman David Clarke also has the Tay running through his veins. As a young lad he would help repair the nets and carry out routine work with his Grandfather David Bissett who was Gaffer at the Flukie fishing station.

After receiving his first wage packet from the company at the age of seven the passion would see him acquire The Tay Salmon Fisheries Company several decades later. With the netting now ceased on the Tay it was clear that the habitats were being lost on the riverside due to no maintenance being carried out by the netsmen. It was at this point David Clarke turned his thoughts to ways of making the river sustainable – by becoming an environmental / leisure / craft-based organisation i.e. The Tay and Earn Trust.


” Registered as a Scottish Charity SCO44062 “

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