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Wild fish need protection and healthy habitats. Join the UK's only independent charity campaigning nationally to restore 'nature's hatchery'.

Our vision at Salmon & Trout Conservation is a sustainable water environment which supports an abundance of wild fish.

Why does this matter? And how do we use science and lobbying to protect salmon & trout? Find out more about the problems we are researching and the actions we are taking for the UK's wild fish.

We have been defending salmon & trout in the UK since 1903, but our campaigns have never been more urgent or so important.

We have evolved over 115 years into a leading conservation charity - the only one in the UK campaigning specifically for wild fish. Find out more about our heritage, our beliefs, who we work with, and how we operate.

We are independent and receive no government money. Without generous supporters we would not exist.

There are a range of ways individuals and businesses can get involved in the on-going protection of the UK's wild fish. Find out more about why we need your support more than ever and the many ways you can help.

Our Latest Updates

Sea lice numbers on salmon farms double in a single year

21 August 2019
Total sea lice numbers on salmon farms double in a single year. Industry and official SEPA data underline how the rush to expand salmon farm production is massively increasing the risks to wild salmon and sea trout. “A moratorium on salmon farm expansion is now more essential than ever” Andrew Graham-Stewart, Director of Salmon and […]

Discharges from salad washing – Update

31 July 2019
Salad washing on the Upper Itchen: A local problem with national significance… Nick Measham , Deputy CEO, S&TC writes……. S&TC’s battle to stop Bakkavör discharging pesticides and chlorinated plant-cleaning chemicals from its salad washing activities is achieving increased environmental protection, and not just for the Upper Itchen. [Previously covered by BBC Countryfile] As a result […]

Chalk streams debated in parliament

31 July 2019
We always intended the Riverfly Census to be a lobbying document as well as reporting on the science, and this has been an excellent first political outing for it. Paul Knight, CEO, S&TC In a speech during a House of Commons debate on “Degraded chalk stream environments”, Richard Benyon MP cited evidence from S&TC’s ground […]

Response to MOWI decision to close Loch Ewe salmon farm

25 July 2019
Mowi (previously Marine Harvest) has announced that it is to close its highly contentious salmon farm in Loch Ewe, Wester Ross.   Andrew Graham-Stewart, Director of S&TC Scotland (S&TCS), said:  “We welcome Mowi’s decision to close the Loch Ewe farm. There can be no doubt that the decision is a vindication of S&TCS’ long campaign […]

Salmon stock exploitation: Wales delays, while England acts

01 July 2019
Salmon stock exploitation: Wales delays, while England acts On the 14th June 2019, in response to troubling results from their own analysis of Severn salmon stocks, the Environment Agency (EA) implemented an emergency bylaw prohibiting the use of certain nets in the estuary and imposed compulsory catch and release on all other nets and rod and line fisheries on […]

ARTIFISHAL & Patagonia Inc

27 June 2019
“The thing that has struck us at the screenings we have attended is that the audience is far from being just anglers – it has been great seeing so many younger folk there and hearing their reaction to the issues” Paul Knight, CEO Salmon & Trout Conservation In 2019 one of Patagonia’s core global campaigns […]

Dear Phil, Thank you so much!

26 June 2019
What can we say other than a huge THANK YOU!! Phil Chessum took on the challenge of running the Race to The King ultramarathon to raise money for S&TC. An exhausting 52.4 mile slog across the South Downs. Completing the course in a very respectable 10 hours 26 minutes and finishing 71st out of 750 competitors, Phil’s feet seemed to […]

Response to Southern Water Fine

25 June 2019
  Ofwat has imposed the biggest fine ever on a water company for “significant breaches of its licence conditions and its statutory duties.” Southern Water has been fined £37.7m, but this has been reduced to £3m because the company has undertaken to pay customers some £123m over the next five years. Ofwat states in its report: […]

Salmon farming being supported by hands-off regulation and taxpayers’ money

19 June 2019
  FOI reveals hands-off regulation of salmon farming’s environmental impactand the lavish use of taxpayers’ money to support the industry  Freedom of Information requests made by Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland (S&TCS) to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Marine Scotland, the Fish Health Inspectorate and Highlands and Islands Enterprise have shown the extent of Scottish […]

Bakkavör Alresford Salads Impacting Upper Itchen

17 June 2019
  Sewage and pesticides from a salad washing factory owned by Bakkavör Group Plc may present a serious threat to aquatic invertebrate life on a highly protected English chalkstream.  The Environment Agency’s response to a formal notification of environmental damage made by S&TC in June 2018, pursuant to the Environmental Liability Directive, confirms the wild […]

We fight for healthy ecosystems & fish protection

Protection during their migration

Open-net pen salmon farming is devastating wild fish stocks and harming the environment in Scotland.

Sea lice, disease and many more issues plague salmon farming. We have secured TWO parliamentary inquiries and continue to push for much needed legislative change.

Water quality & quantity

Only 14% of rivers in England have 'good' ecological status, with water quality and quantity declining rapidly.

We lead the fight to protect wild fish habitats from the many threats they face; including  sewage, agricultural pollution, micro-plastics, abstraction and, sadly, much more.

Pinpointing the pressures

Currently, the ideal conditions to maximise 'nature's nursery' of salmon and trout are not being met in our rivers.

SmartRivers employs volunteers to sample & analyse invertebrates to species-level, to diagnose water quality pressures stressing juvenile wild salmon & trout.

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.