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What we do

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.

Who we are

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.

Support us

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 campaigns

Salmon Farming

Salmon Farm Reform

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.

Living Rivers

liveing-rivers

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.

Riverfly Census

riverfly-census

Riverfly insects have declined 59% since 1970, indicating poor water quality & an unstable food chain.

We survey riverfly insects nationwide to understand what’s really happening beneath the surface, using the data to campaign for better protection of our wild fish.

Why you should go salmon-free this Christmas

11 December 2018
A Christmas favourite it may be; but there is nothing festive nor joyous about farmed salmon. Salmon is considered by many to be a Christmas staple, its murky journey from net-pen to plate concealed behind tinsel-clad wrapping and slick marketing. Two parliamentary inquiries have this year confirmed the need for rapid change in salmon farming, which […]

#ProtectWater campaign success: brilliant news for our waters and fish

06 December 2018
First success for #ProtectWater campaign Thanks to an extensive collaborative effort from over 100 NGO’s across Europe, including S&TC, an important first milestone has been achieved in the defence of our water’s environmental protection laws. A paper drafted by a group of government officials, seeking to weaken the laws which currently protect our waters, has […]

S&TCS warmly welcomes the Rural Economy Committee’s report on salmon farming

27 November 2018
S&TCS warmly welcomes the Rural Economy Committee’s report on salmon farming Scottish Government must now act quickly to put in place greater protection for wild salmon and sea trout. View the REC Committee Report here Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland (S&TCS) has warmly welcomed the Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) Committee’s report on salmon farming, […]

Suffering salmon: A temperature-gauge for our worryingly low water-flow

26 November 2018
By our Head of Science and Policy, Dr Janina Gray. The original article was written for Countryside and Wildlife Link. What would a third dry winter mean for wildlife and habitats? Worryingly low water flows are of major concern to much wildlife, particularly salmon which rely on flowing rivers to travel to estuaries to spawn. […]

SIFCA Consultation: Help us ban inshore netting which threatens salmon & trout

26 November 2018
Join S&TC in seeking to ban inshore netting in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to help protect genetically-unique chalkstream salmon and sea trout. Salmon & Trout Conservation has responded to an important consultation on the future of net fishing in the harbours and estuarine waters of the South Coast. We want a cessation […]

S&TC Cymru welcomes new agricultural pollution regulations

19 November 2018
Welcome news from Wales: New regulatory measures to tackle agricultural pollution Following an extensive lobbying exercise, S&TC Cymru are greatly encouraged by the recent announcement by Lesley Griffiths, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, to introduce regulatory measures to combat the growing threat to the freshwater environment from agricultural pollution. The […]

“Organic” farmed salmon – let’s get real

12 November 2018
“Organic” farmed salmon Similar scenarios play out at dinner tables up and down the UK, particularly during the festive season. Salmon, either smoked or “fresh”, is served and the host, feigning environmental awareness, announces along the lines of: “Don’t worry, we are always very responsible – we only ever buy ‘organic’ salmon.” But is eating […]

Salmon farming industry blames wild fish for sea lice infestations

30 October 2018
  Sea lice on farmed salmon – the ultimate solution In September, following months of media exposes of salmon farming’s dire environmental failures, the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) announced the appointment of a leading political journalist to the newly created role of “Director of Strategic Engagement”. In the SSPO’s news release, the appointee is […]

Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award 2018: Winner announced

16 October 2018
Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award 2018: Winner Announced at Arundell Arms S&TC are proud to announce that their prestigious Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award 2018 has been awarded to PHD student William Davison, of Exeter University. The award was presented to William on the 10th of October at the Arundell Arms, by proprietor, and Anne-voss Bark’s son, Adam Fox Edwards and […]

River Itchen damage below Alresford Salads: Autumn 2018 photos

15 October 2018
New photos show damage in River Itchen below Bakkavor’s Alresford Salads factory. At S&TC we have long been campaigning to stop Bakkavor discharging their salad wash effluent into the headwaters of the River Itchen. The Itchen is a designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC), and we fear that the chemicals in their discharge are harming […]

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Salmon & Trout Conservation
Salmon & Trout Conservation
A Christmas favourite it may be; but there is nothing festive nor joyous about farmed salmon; its murky journey from net-pen to plate concealed behind tinsel-clad wrapping and slick marketing.

Two parliamentary inquiries have this year confirmed the need for rapid change in salmon farming... but what can be done until this happens? And for the uninitiated, what are the issues with farmed salmon?

Our CEO, Paul Knight, explains why farmed salmon is best avoided - at Christmas, and until the industry changes...

www.salmon-trout.org/2018/12/11/salmon-free-christmas/
#SalmonFreeChristmas
#SalmonFarmReform
#SalmonFarming
Salmon & Trout Conservation
Salmon & Trout Conservation
Significant fall in EA monitoring. Meanwhile:
💧 Only 14% of rivers in England have ‘good ecological status’, down from 27% in 2010.
🐟Salmon is now classed ‘at risk’ or ‘probably at risk’ in 40 of the 42 principal salmon rivers in the country.
More: http://ow.ly/QOQR30mVoS1

Salmon may be on your Christmas menu, but there is nothing festive or joyous about its murky journey from net-pen to plate. Our CEO explains why farmed salmon is best avoided this Christmas & beyond 👉 https://t.co/SdLEVT3CwW
#SalmonFreeChristmas #SalmonFarmReform #SalmonFarming

Significant fall in EA monitoring. Meanwhile:
💧 Only 14% of rivers in England have ‘good ecological status’, down from 27% in 2010.
🐟Salmon is now classed ‘at risk’ or ‘probably at risk’ in 40 of the 42 principal salmon rivers in the country.
More: https://t.co/G9ClnDLbEz

EU water law protects wild fish habitat, but many governments & businesses want to weaken it. With 100+ NGO's across Europe, we are acting to #ProtectWater!

YOU CAN HELP: In just a few clicks you can tell the European Commission to keep the law strong 👉 https://t.co/TTKk5KVsP8

Could you be our new communications guru..? #WeAreHiring

We are seeking a motivated and creative communicator to join our small and passionate team here in Wiltshire! If you have advanced social media skills, a passion for conservation, and more... 👉 https://t.co/pFi2UGWO3D #job https://t.co/H24ZWaefAi
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Latest News

Why you should go salmon-free this Christmas

11 Dec 2018
salmon free chistmas
A Christmas favourite it may be; but there is nothing festive nor joyous about farmed salmon. Salmon is considered by many to be a Christmas staple, its murky journey from net-pen […]

#ProtectWater campaign success: brilliant news for our waters and fish

06 Dec 2018
First success for #ProtectWater campaign Thanks to an extensive collaborative effort from over 100 NGO’s across Europe, including S&TC, an important first milestone has been achieved in the defence of […]

S&TCS warmly welcomes the Rural Economy Committee’s report on salmon farming

27 Nov 2018
salmon farming industry blames wild fish
S&TCS warmly welcomes the Rural Economy Committee’s report on salmon farming Scottish Government must now act quickly to put in place greater protection for wild salmon and sea trout. View […]

Suffering salmon: A temperature-gauge for our worryingly low water-flow

26 Nov 2018
low water flows
By our Head of Science and Policy, Dr Janina Gray. The original article was written for Countryside and Wildlife Link. What would a third dry winter mean for wildlife and […]

SIFCA Consultation: Help us ban inshore netting which threatens salmon & trout

26 Nov 2018
SIFCA CONSULTATION
Join S&TC in seeking to ban inshore netting in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to help protect genetically-unique chalkstream salmon and sea trout. Salmon & Trout Conservation has […]

S&TC Cymru welcomes new agricultural pollution regulations

19 Nov 2018
welsh agricultural pollution regulations
Welcome news from Wales: New regulatory measures to tackle agricultural pollution Following an extensive lobbying exercise, S&TC Cymru are greatly encouraged by the recent announcement by Lesley Griffiths, Welsh Government […]

“Organic” farmed salmon – let’s get real

12 Nov 2018
organic farmed salmon
“Organic” farmed salmon Similar scenarios play out at dinner tables up and down the UK, particularly during the festive season. Salmon, either smoked or “fresh”, is served and the host, […]

Salmon farming industry blames wild fish for sea lice infestations

30 Oct 2018
salmon farming industry blames wild fish
  Sea lice on farmed salmon – the ultimate solution In September, following months of media exposes of salmon farming’s dire environmental failures, the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) announced […]

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