Anglers in Dumfries and Galloway have gathered to celebrate the start of the salmon fishing season on the River Nith.

The event involved speeches and a traditional whisky toast to the river, with organisers this year focusing on the importance of conservation.

In recent years there has been a decline in Salmon in the region so fishers are doing their best for conservation of stocks by returning all salmon captured.

Nith District Salmon Fishery Board and Nith Catchment Fishery Trust are also conducting research and initiatives to help understand issues that salmon face within the freshwater environment.

The season, which officially started on Sunday, was celebrated on Monday, as fishing for Salmon on a Sunday is prohibited in Scotland.