we are the voice for wild fish in welsh waters

S&TC Cymru work to secure the protection that our beautiful Welsh water environments deserve. Some of our key achievements include:

Collaborating with other NGO's through Wales Environment Link

Preventing forestry which is damaging to spawning streams

Protecting Welsh rivers via our Riverfly Census monitoring

Preventing sheep dip chemicals lethal to river life

Contributing to the restoration of endangered European eels


Riverfly Census

A benchmark for river life


Water insects are the foundation for life in our rivers and streams.

We are unlocking their potential as indicators of river health to help understand what’s really happening under the surface and better protect our fish and water life.

Our first Welsh samples have been taken in three well-known rivers; keep watch to see how their story unfolds!


Keeping land issues out of water

21a Acid producing conifers planted beside a Welsh spawning stream, one of the issues covered in 'Valuing our Freshwaters' (2)

Activities on land cannot be considered in isolation of the water environment and forestry is no exception to this.

In Wales, non-native conifer forestry next to rivers is a common occurrence, causing numerous issues.

Explore how we have worked to give our watery places and wild fish relief from the effects of poorly operated forestry

Living Rivers

Reviving our watery places


Rivers are more than just water - they are homes for wildlife.

Poor farming practices are a big problem for Welsh waters, but with your help we can create a sustainable water environment.

We are influencing post CAP agricultural grants and subsidies so they are paid as rewards for protecting the environment, particularly in Welsh river systems.



11 Apr 2013
BRUSSELS – As negotiations on the reform of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy, or CFP, enter the final and decisive stage, more than 217 civil society groups are calling on EU fisheries ministers to support an end to overfishing and the speedy restoration of fish stocks. On February 6, […] Read More


05 Mar 2013
"Valuing our freshwaters" was launched at the Senedd on the 27th February 2013. The event was organised by Wales Environment Link (WEL) and sponsored by Dafydd Ellis-Thomas AM who is Chair of the Welsh Government Environment and Sustainability Committee. The launch was well attended by Environment Committee members, civil servants, […] Read More


11 Jan 2013
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), National Trust, RSPB and Angling Trust, representing a consortium of the major environmental organisations including Salmon & Trout Association, WWF, the Wildlife Trusts, Wye & Usk Foundation, Marine Conservation Society, Severn Rivers Trust and Campaign to Protect Rural England, told the House of Commons […] Read More


28 Nov 2012
Salmon & Trout Association and Carmarthenshire Rivers Trust express relief as threat of acidification of Tywi headwaters recedes The Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) and the Carmarthenshire Rivers Trust (CRT) are delighted with the withdrawal of the Bryn Brawd forestry proposals. These threatened the headwaters of the Tywi with further […] Read More

NGOs meet with Peter Hain to raise concerns about Severn Barrage

18 Oct 2012
A group of environmental and angling Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) met today with Peter Hain MP to raise their concerns about the impact of a tidal power barrage which he is championing for the Severn Estuary. The Severn Estuary is one of the largest estuaries in Europe and is of international […] Read More

Launch of UK Crayfish website

02 Feb 2012
The UK Crayfish website, brings together up to date information about the UK’s only native crayfish, the White-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobuis pallipes) and its conservation. Also provided is a range of information about non-native crayfish species, their impacts and control. The website contains both professional and public channels to ensure […] Read More

On the brink: Conservationists reveal the rivers still suffering

12 Sep 2011
Last week the Environment Agency released a list of the ten most improved rivers in England and Wales. Conservationists have criticised the report saying it presents a rosy view of river health and ignores the many waterways struggling with pollution, over abstraction and other threats. Last week the Environment Agency […] Read More


25 Aug 2011
Are you worried that the cumulative effects of multiple hydro schemes in one catchment have not been sufficiently considered? Has sufficient protection been given to ensure schemes will not adversely impact fish populations? Should a fish passage be paid for by the developer? These are some of the important considerations […] Read More

Which Party Line?

04 May 2011
‘Casting’ your vote carefully will make a difference! The Scottish Parliamentary Elections are coming up on the 5th May. So, what would we like to see from the new Scottish Government? Here are some of the issues that should be raised with any prospective candidates who come knocking at your […] Read More

Catch and release advice aims to boost salmon survival

14 Mar 2011
Wild fisheries groups – including the Association of Salmon Fishery Boards (ASFB), the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS) and the Salmon and Trout Association (S&TA) – have launched a campaign aimed at maximising the survival rate for salmon released back into the water by anglers. “Catch and release”, […] Read More

Big River Society carves a bright future for UK rivers

07 Mar 2011
3RD RIVERFLY CONFERENCE DEMONSTRATES HOW Lord (Chris) Smith, Environment Agency Chairman, champions rivers Big Society. Riverfly Partnership’s Anglers’ Monitoring Initiative given as prime example 3RD RIVERFLY CONFERENCE DEMONSTRATES HOW Lord (Chris) Smith, Environment Agency Chairman, champions rivers Big Society. Riverfly Partnership’s Anglers’ Monitoring Initiative given as prime example The 3rd […] Read More

S&TA/AST response to the Invitation to Shape the Nature of England

09 Nov 2010
We are responding to this invitation on behalf of the Atlantic Salmon Trust and the Salmon and Trout Association. We are responding to this invitation on behalf of the Atlantic Salmon Trust and the Salmon and Trout Association. We are both parties to the joint response being submitted by five […] Read More


S&TC Cymru is an active part of Wales Environment Link (WEL). This is the official link between environmental charities like us and the Welsh Government. As well as lobbying independently we also work together with WEL to make a difference to our water environments.

We were a lead author of WEL’s publication: Valuing our Freshwaters. This contains the requirements for a healthy water environment in Wales.

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.

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