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We use science to drive changes to water policy; improving the condition of our rivers and supporting 'nature's hatchery' of wild fish.

We turn evidence into action through our three core projects

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Review of the Report of the Salmon Interactions Working Group

11 May 2020
Executive summary Download full review here: HERE Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland’s 2016 Petition to the Scottish Parliament led to the 2018 ECCLR and REC Committee inquiries into salmon farming. The REC Committee identified that “the ‘status quo’ in terms of regulation and enforcement of the fish farming industry is not acceptable”. In response, the […]

The SAMARCH Project International Salmonid Coastal and Marine Telemetry Workshop

07 May 2020
The “Blue Book” Based on a workshop organised by Salmon & Trout Conservation and Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust on behalf of the SAMARCH Project and the Atlantic Salmon Trust in Southampton, UK, on the 5th and 6th November 2019. SAMARCH is a five-year project with a grant of €5.8m from the EU’s France Channel […]

Salmon Farm Regulation: S&TC initial response to SIWG report

05 May 2020
Report fails to advocate the simple regulatory system urgently required to protect wild fish including adherence to the precautionary principle Initial response to the Salmon Interactions Working Group (SIWG) Report  Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland                                         […]

Increase in abundance: A dangerously simplistic view of river health

01 May 2020
Species richness and assemblage gives a far more accurate assessment of invertebrate communities……….. Dr Janina Gray, Head of Science & Environmental Policy, responds to a recent article in The Times, Your article Boom in freshwater bugs bucks trend of disappearing insects (April 24th) sets a dangerously simplistic view of the health of our rivers and water life. […]

Milk. A serious environmental threat?

01 May 2020
So, here’s the shocking news about the potential of milk to pollute rivers. Paul Knight, S&TC CEO writes, One of the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic has been that the demand for milk has slumped and so dairy farmers have had to pour away their excess, cows still have to be milked, after all, so […]

Chalk-Streams First

22 April 2020
Abstraction is a major threat to UK rivers but is, arguably, at its greatest in relation to the chalk-streams, a globally unique ecological wonder located mainly in England, especially the highly populated south of England.  S&TC Water Action campaign is working to counter the abstraction threat, terrifyingly highlighted in a raft of recent Government plans […]

Salmon Farming: New study shows economic costs never assessed by government

20 April 2020
An independent economic report [1], commissioned by two leading Scottish charities [2], has revealed that the Scottish Government has failed to assess the costs the salmon farming industry causes to other economic sectors and has only considered those benefits the industry brings. As a result, the report proposes the Scottish Government’s policy of supporting the […]

Agricultural Pollution – Educate, Encourage, Enforce

09 April 2020
“Up to 2016, a staggering 95% of farms did not comply with storage regulations and 49% were polluting the river Axe. Environmental law breaking, albeit mostly through lack of knowledge, on a massive scale.” Paul Knight, Outgoing CEO Salmon & Trout Conservation writes, S&TC’s Census Report, published in May 2019, provided evidence that the main […]

S&TCS writes to Scottish Ministers: MSA position on salmon farming regulation

02 April 2020
Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland (S&TCS) writes to Scottish Ministers to outline Missing Salmon Alliance’s formally agreed position on salmon farming regulation. Roseanna Cunningham MSP Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Fergus Ewing MSP Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy 2 April 2020   Dear Ministers Regulation of salmon farming with particular reference […]

Missing Salmon Alliance: Urgent Implementation of new system of regulation for fish farms

25 March 2020
The Missing Salmon Alliance members today published updated guidance on the need for the urgent implementation of a new system of regulation for fish farms in Scotland. Regulation must include: 1.            The clear identification of a Scottish public authority with the statutory function of protecting wild fish from the negative interactions […]

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