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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.

Latest News

Running for wild fish: S&TC supporter takes on ultra marathon

22 March 2019
Run Phil, Run Avid fly fisherman, conservationist and S&TC supporter Phil Chessum will be running an ultra-marathon to raise funds for our hugely important work. Click Here to support Phil Phil has committed to running the ‘Race to the Kings’ on the 22nd and 23rd June – a double marathon along the breathtaking South Downs Way which culminates in a magnificent finish on the […]

S&TC ask Sir David Attenborough to talk Salmon for IYS

21 March 2019
For International Year of the Salmon, we asked Sir David Attenborough for his views on the need to protect the species. We say that to save wild salmon, Governments across the Northern Hemisphere need to act now. The following video gives a very clear message about this, if we are not going to lose the […]

Bakkavor ends use of cleaning products containing chlorine

15 March 2019
Bakkavor has stopped using chlorine-based cleaning products at its Alresford Salads salad washing and packaging factory near Alresford. This means that the chemicals used every night to clean the factory’s equipment will not be able to react to form chloramines which are highly toxic to water life even in extremely low concentrations. The EA and […]

375,000+ citizens tell the European Commission “Hands off our water law!”

14 March 2019
375,386 people have called on the European Commission to defend Europe’s strong water law, making the EU’s public consultation on the legislation one of the largest ever in the history of the European Union. This law is critical to ensure that Europe’s rivers, lakes and wetlands are protected and brought back to good health. As […]

Scottish Government inertia marks anniversary of Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee’s report into salmon farming

06 March 2019
  Scottish Government inertia marks anniversary of Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee’s report into salmon farming Industry allowed to persist with business as usual a year after Government was told ‘the status quo is not an option’ One year on from the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee’s report on the Environmental Impacts of […]

Septic tanks – the UK’s secret sewage problem

18 February 2019
Septic tanks are not the most glamorous topic… …But they are definitely the ‘elephant in the room’ when it comes to protecting our waters from nutrient pollution. What are septic tanks? There are a vast array of homes that are not linked up to main sewage treatment works. Where properties are located at least 50 […]

S&TCS briefing as Scottish Government debate the future of salmon farming

06 February 2019
  TODAY: Scottish parliament to debate the Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) committee report on salmon farming Legislative impact is expected to follow on from today’s debate, Wednesday 6th February 2019, for which S&TCS have contributed the following briefing: S&TCS briefing for MSPs for salmon farming debate Feb 2019 STCS Briefing Addendum – SG’s response […]

From source to sea: S&TC unite with Marine Conservation Society (MCS) to highlight plastic’s destructive journey

04 February 2019
  Present at every stage of their journey, wild fish are facing yet another threat: plastic pollution. We’ve teamed up with Marine Conservation Society to highlight the issue, as we start to build a campaign which aims to educate on, and ultimately tackle, the enormous plastic problem our wild fish are facing. Plastic Pathways The continuous increase […]

S&TC joins partners across the Northern Hemisphere to launch the International Year of the Salmon (IYS) 2019

25 January 2019
  S&TC joins partners across the Northern Hemisphere to launch the International Year of the Salmon (IYS) 2019 One of the more significant things on our 2019 radar is the International Year of the Salmon; an opportunity to further our important work, collaborate with other salmon conservationists and help spread the word about these beautiful […]

A dismal end to 2018 for water companies, their regulators, and the government

22 January 2019
The end of 2018 was not pretty for water companies. Sadly, as always, our environment and waterways bear the brunt.    Thames Water: deliberately ignoring alarms First up was Thames Water, fined £2 million at Oxford Crown Court on 21st  December for a pollution incident in 2015 in which two Oxfordshire streams were polluted with […]

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Latest News

Running for wild fish: S&TC supporter takes on ultra marathon

22 Mar 2019
running for wild fish
Run Phil, Run Avid fly fisherman, conservationist and S&TC supporter Phil Chessum will be running an ultra-marathon to raise funds for our hugely important work. Click Here to support Phil Phil has committed […]

S&TC ask Sir David Attenborough to talk Salmon for IYS

21 Mar 2019
For International Year of the Salmon, we asked Sir David Attenborough for his views on the need to protect the species. We say that to save wild salmon, Governments across […]

Bakkavor ends use of cleaning products containing chlorine

15 Mar 2019
bakkavor
Bakkavor has stopped using chlorine-based cleaning products at its Alresford Salads salad washing and packaging factory near Alresford. This means that the chemicals used every night to clean the factory’s […]

375,000+ citizens tell the European Commission “Hands off our water law!”

14 Mar 2019
wild fish habitats
375,386 people have called on the European Commission to defend Europe’s strong water law, making the EU’s public consultation on the legislation one of the largest ever in the history […]

Scottish Government inertia marks anniversary of Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee’s report into salmon farming

06 Mar 2019
salmon farming industry blames wild fish
  Scottish Government inertia marks anniversary of Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee’s report into salmon farming Industry allowed to persist with business as usual a year after Government was told ‘the […]

Septic tanks – the UK’s secret sewage problem

18 Feb 2019
septic tanks
Septic tanks are not the most glamorous topic… …But they are definitely the ‘elephant in the room’ when it comes to protecting our waters from nutrient pollution. What are septic […]

S&TCS briefing as Scottish Government debate the future of salmon farming

06 Feb 2019
salmon farming
  TODAY: Scottish parliament to debate the Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) committee report on salmon farming Legislative impact is expected to follow on from today’s debate, Wednesday 6th February […]

From source to sea: S&TC unite with Marine Conservation Society (MCS) to highlight plastic’s destructive journey

04 Feb 2019
Plastic Pollution
  Present at every stage of their journey, wild fish are facing yet another threat: plastic pollution. We’ve teamed up with Marine Conservation Society to highlight the issue, as we […]

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