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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.

Using data to protect wild fish: River Coquet hydropower

09 January 2019
  River Coquet Hydropower With the feed-in-tariffs for hydropower ending in March after little activity over the past couple of years, the beginning of 2019 has seen a flurry of applications for new hydro schemes. For us, this has once again highlighted the importance of our Riverfly Census data to provide evidence, not just anecdote, […]

2018: A year in review

21 December 2018
What have we achieved this year? 2018 has been our biggest year yet! So where has your support got us, and what have we done for wild fish protection and conservation? Our CEO’s Year In Review summaries our influence, accomplishments and campaigns over the past 12 months.  View our full YEAR IN REVIEW HERE With […]

S&TC welcomes England’s NE salmon net closure

18 December 2018
NE salmon net closure S&TC welcomes the new Environment Agency byelaws which will close down the killing of Atlantic salmon in drift nets and coastal T&J nets on the north east coast of England, which follows lobbying from several fisheries NGOs over many years. S&TC believe this is the correct decision in the interests of […]

Latest data on River Test and River Itchen reveals concerning issues

17 December 2018
  Test and Itchen are no exception to grim decline in water quality and flylife The S&TC Riverfly Census continues to reveal worrying declines in flylife and water quality in rivers across England and Wales, as confirmed by our latest report on the River Test and the River Itchen (the king and queen of our […]

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 […]

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Salmon & Trout Conservation
Salmon & Trout Conservation
Insects (which make up 97% of all animal species) have declined 59% since 1970. This is hugely problematic for wild salmon & trout, who need need healthy water environments to thrive.

Our 2018 Avon, Test & Itchen work reveals why this is so important, at local and national levels, for the health and abundance of wild salmon and trout: www.salmon-trout.org/campaigns/riverfly-census/

#RiverflyCensus
Salmon & Trout Conservation
Salmon & Trout Conservation
Given that 50% of aquatic insects now contain micro-plastics, it is disappointing that big businesses are are not fully backing Scotland's deposit return scheme.

Excuses and delay tactics... very disappointing from big industry.

#RiverofPlastic
http://ow.ly/2vEX30nisCB

Insects (which make up 97% of all animal species) have declined 59% since 1970. This is hugely problematic for wild salmon & trout, who need need healthy water environments to thrive.

Our 2018 Avon, Test & Itchen work reveals why this is so important: https://t.co/LAjrwQvkNG

Given that 50% of aquatic insects now contain micro-plastics, it is disappointing that big businesses are are not fully backing Scotland's deposit return scheme.

Excuses and delay tactics... very disappointing from big industry.

#RiverofPlastic
https://t.co/ebOjuEQdRK

"At 210ft, it is longer than the Leaning Tower of Pisa, longer than a Boeing 747SP (185ft), and more than twice as long as a tennis court, (78ft)."

Absolutely NOTHING but the 3 p's (pee, poop, paper) should be flushed down toilets. Protect our waters!

https://t.co/pWmR1YiKjm

We'd love to see more schemes like this, keeping waste away from wild fish and their habitats.

We can all do our part to #ReduceReuseRecycle & help keep our waterways clean. Fore more info, check out https://t.co/nLEIwcC7oR and download their handy app!

https://t.co/k8Y8KgudBv

Latest News

Using data to protect wild fish: River Coquet hydropower

09 Jan 2019
river coquet hydropower
  River Coquet Hydropower With the feed-in-tariffs for hydropower ending in March after little activity over the past couple of years, the beginning of 2019 has seen a flurry of […]

2018: A year in review

21 Dec 2018
year in review
What have we achieved this year? 2018 has been our biggest year yet! So where has your support got us, and what have we done for wild fish protection and […]

S&TC welcomes England’s NE salmon net closure

18 Dec 2018
NE salmon net closure
NE salmon net closure S&TC welcomes the new Environment Agency byelaws which will close down the killing of Atlantic salmon in drift nets and coastal T&J nets on the north […]

Latest data on River Test and River Itchen reveals concerning issues

17 Dec 2018
smartrivers
  Test and Itchen are no exception to grim decline in water quality and flylife The S&TC Riverfly Census continues to reveal worrying declines in flylife and water quality in […]

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 […]

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