The Ness & Beauly Fisheries Trust (NBFT) is an environmental charity established in 2006 to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of both the Rivers Beauly and Ness and the native fish stocks within their catchments. Management of the Trust is undertaken by a board of directors.
The core activities of the Ness & Beauly Fisheries Trust include the collection of data on fish stocks within the area. The gathering of this data facilitates the provision of informed advice to the district salmon fishery boards and other agencies within the Ness & Beauly catchments. Additionally, habitat data is collected to identify, for example, barriers to fish migration to would benefit from remedial action.
Collaborative research into key issues such as salmon genetics and the causes of the decline in sea trout abundance is ongoing. A growing activity of the trust is the provision of education and outreach services. Consultancy services are also provided by Ness & Beauly Fisheries Trust and numerous reports, surveys etc have been commissioned by various projects, individuals, companies etc including European funded projects such as SAFER.
Further details on the work carried out by the NBFT can be found on their website.