About us

Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC) is the UK’s voice for fish and water conservation. We are the only UK charity campaigning for wild fish and where they live. Our goal is for UK waters that support abundant and sustainable populations of wild fish and all other water-dependent wildlife.

Too much water is being taken out of our rivers, too much is being thrown into them and not enough is being done to protect our watery places – it’s our job to reverse this trend. We work to influence government policy, industrial practice and individual behaviour which results in measurable improvements to the state of the water environment, leading to healthier wild fish stocks, improved biodiversity and less pollution in our rivers, lakes and oceans.

We aim to inspire, inform, involve and influence everyone who can take action to safeguard our water environments. Protecting and standing up for life under the surface is a cause worth fighting for, both for now and for future generations.

Our Story

Wild salmon and trout are natural indicators of a happy and healthy water environment. Their wellbeing is a fundamental interest for everyone with a love of rivers, lakes and their wildlife. With this belief at our heart, we were established as the Salmon & Trout Association in 1903.

For over 100 years we have been a voice for protection of the UK’s watery places. Receiving charitable status in 2008 allowed us to specialise as a campaign based, science-lead, lobbying organisation and become Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC).

Our biggest achievements since becoming a charity are:

  • Closure of the Scottish coastal mixed stock net fisheries to protect wild salmon and sea trout
  • Our National Riverfly Census, leading, amongst other successes, to the development of unique, bespoke water insect targets for chalkstreams and new phosphorus discharge limits for the River Itchen in collaboration with the Environment Agency
  • Influencing the Scottish Parliamentary Committee to conduct an in-depth Inquiry into marine salmon farming and its impact on wild salmon and sea trout
  • Successful legal challenges in Wales to minimise the impacts of acidification and harmful chemicals from forestry operations on salmon and sea trout nursery streams

But this is just the start! We strive to influence more positive change in the water world.

We fight to keep UK waters wild.  We do this without the use of taxpayer’s money, so we are not compromised in challenging Governments.  All our work is a product of your passion and support, which enables us to be your voice and to stand up openly for wild fish and water with no strings attached.

River Eachaig at Benmore

We rely on your support to protect wild fish and the places they live

By donating or joining as a member you will be making a huge contribution to the fight to protect the UK's waters and ensure a sustainable future for wild fish.