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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

Learn more about SmartRivers, Salmon Farm Reform and Water Action.

We have been defending wild fish for over 100 years

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Our Latest Updates

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 […]

Environmental Land Management Scheme 2020

17 March 2020
Environmental Land Management Scheme Consultation 2020 Make your voice heard: http://bit.ly/ELMS_2020 CLOSING DATE FOR COMMENTS 5th May 2020 Overview of Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC) Response • The main requirement is for political commitment to finally tackle the issue of pollution by inappropriate land use – particularly relevant to our rivers and aquatic life (EA River […]

Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award 2020

14 March 2020
The Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award 2020 is now open to students. See below for details on this exciting award, and please share with any suitable students you may know. What is the Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award? Set up by Salmon & Trout Conservation in collaboration with the Arundel Arms, the Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award 2020 […]

S&TC launches first SmartRivers hub in Scotland

10 March 2020
S&TC launches first SmartRivers hub in Scotland in partnership with Flow Country Rivers Trust. The River Halladale is set to become the first river in Scotland to join SmartRivers, as Salmon and Trout Conservation continue trials of the innovative scheme. The scheme, born out of the Riverfly Census, uses aquatic invertebrates as a diagnostic test to […]

Change of Chief Executive at Salmon & Trout Conservation

06 March 2020
S&TC’s CEO, Paul Knight, is to retire at the end of June and Nick Measham, currently Deputy Chief Executive, will take over the reins of the UK’s premier wild fish charity. Paul Knight stands down on June 30th after 26 years with the organisation, 18 of which have been as CEO, although he will continue […]

High-frequency phosphorus monitoring for water quality management

25 February 2020
Using high-frequency phosphorus monitoring for water quality management: a case study of the upper River Itchen, UK Gary R. Fones & Adil Bakir & Janina Gray & Lauren Mattingley & Nick Measham & Paul Knight & Michael J. Bowes & Richard Greenwood & Graham A. Mills Abstract Increased concentrations of phosphorus (P) in riverine systems lead […]

S&TC Response: Sea trout netting season. Yorkshire and the North East

24 February 2020
S&TC Response: Length of the netting season for sea trout in Yorkshire and the North East Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC) does not believe that any coastal mixed stock fishery (MSF) netting for sea trout should take place.  We consider that the Environment Agency (EA) made the correct decision in closing the MSF for salmon on […]

Scottish Ministers’ lamentable failure to regulate salmon farming

21 February 2020
Scottish Ministers’ lamentable failure to regulate salmon farming to protect wild fish continues, while industry’s relentless expansion gathers pace  Almost two years after first Parliamentary report said  “the status quo is not an option”, S&TCS, other NGOs and Scottish community groups warn that their next step is to call and campaign for a boycott of Scottish farmed […]

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