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Independent. Science-led. Action driven.

Wild fish need protection and healthy habitats. We are 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

River Invertebrate App – Status Update

07 November 2019
We are aware users of our invertebrate identification app have been experiencing access issues. S&TC apologises for any inconvenience caused. We are aware users of our invertebrate identification app have been experiencing access issues. S&TC apologises for any inconvenience caused. Due to a problem out of our control we have had to migrate the app […]

Agricultural Pollution Update – Nov 2019

06 November 2019
Government figures show currently only 14% of rivers are classified as healthy….. Government figures show currently only 14% of rivers are classified as healthy and rural areas are impacting 35% of waterbodies (EA, 2015). Evidence from the Riverfly Census has shown the greatest stressors on our rivers are sediment, excess nutrients, pesticides and other toxic […]

SmartRivers Update – Great Stour

06 November 2019
This autumn we took SmartRivers to the beautiful county of Kent. Thanks to the generosity of Stour Fishery Association we were able to start working on the Great Stour, an interesting river that begins away from Kent’s chalk downs, yet enjoys the full character of a chalk stream due to significant influxes of groundwater from […]

Riverfly Partnership News

30 September 2019
There are many Riverfly monitoring schemes around, so it can be tricky to understand why so many different schemes are necessary. As the population continues to expand, and our dependence on the environment increases, it is more important than ever that we keep a close eye on the health of our water ecosystems. Thankfully, there […]

SmartRivers is delivering results

12 September 2019
The hot dry summer has exposed the stress our rivers are under Nick Measham, Deputy CEO, S&TC To view the full interview click HERE The hot dry summer has exposed the stress our rivers are under – particularly in Southern chalkstreams where algal growth and sediment is choking life to a seemingly unprecedented extent. Once […]

S&TC and Patagonia deliver 170,000 strong petition to Scottish Parliament

12 September 2019
Our partnership with Patagonia in this campaign has been extremely effective. Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland (S&TCS) are pleased to have been able to orchestrate the delivery of Patagonia Inc’s “Artifishal” petition against open-net salmon farming, which we supported, to Gillian Martin MSP, Convener of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee at the Scottish Parliament. Patagonia’s credibility on […]

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 […]

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.