Trout & Grayling Symposium – hosted by the Salmon & Trout Association

On Saturday November 23rd, the Salmon & Trout Association hosted a symposium at the Sports Industries Federation,

On Saturday November 23rd, the Salmon & Trout Association hosted a symposium at the Sports Industries Federation, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. The symposium was entitled The Development of Brown Trout & Grayling Fisheries, and its aim was to focus attention on the importance of these two species in the light of the Environment Agency’s Trout & Grayling Strategy.

S&TA led the fisheries consultation process to the strategy on behalf of the Moran Committee, and successfully persuaded the EA to modify some of its original proposals. S&TA Chairman Tony Bird said:

“Some of the issues within the strategy were contentious, and S&TA confronted these at the consultation stage, but the aim of this symposium is to focus people’s attention and look forward with positive attitudes towards trout and grayling management for the future.”

Some 70 delegates attended the symposium and heard an excellent programme of papers delivered by representatives from the EA, Wild Trout Trust, Grayling Society and, of course, S&TA. Subjects covered included habitat degradation and rehabilitation techniques; the pros and cons of stocking, and whether triploids were the right solution in the long term; in-river incubation techniques; facts about grayling and the way forward for their management. Tony Bird added,

“The Association is delighted to invite these organisations to participate and help us show the way ahead. Salmon management has dominated game fisheries management for many years, and it is high time that trout and grayling resumed the importance within fisheries which they fully deserve.”

Lord Moran, Chairman of the highly influential Moran Committee, which gave evidence at every stage of the Warren Committee’s review of fisheries legislation, closed the symposium with a summary of the proceedings, and a wish for all relevant organisations to work together to improve our knowledge and management requirements of these species.