News 2013

2013

EXCITING NEW JOB OPPORTUNITY! S&TA SEEKS EXPERIENCED FUND-RAISER

09 January 2013
We are currently looking for a Fundraising Manager to identify, develop and manage income generating relationships with grant-making trusts, foundations and other funding bodies, including corporates, and to advise volunteers on local and national fund raising activities. Organisation: Salmon & Trout Association Salary: £28,000 – £31,000 Location: Fordingbridge, Hants, and working from home Hours: Full Time Position type: Paid Contract: Fixed Term Contract Closing date: Fri 08 February 13 Website: salmon-trout.org Contact name: Paul Knight/Debbie Creasy Contact telephone: 020 7283 5838 Contact email: paul@salmon-trout.org The Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) is a freshwater fisheries-based environmental charity. We are currently looking […]

PROPOSED SEVERN BARRAGE COULD BE "ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATING" MPs TOLD

11 January 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 Energy & Climate Committee they all supported tidal energy development in the Severn, but that the current proposal, from Hafren Power, lacked detail and claims that it would not unacceptably damage wildlife and large areas of habitat were "not realistic". This group has set out its concerns in detail in […]

S&TA AWARDS EA BRICKBAT FOR SEWAGE FAILURES (AND A BOUQUET FOR PHOSPHATE DISCHARGE LEVELS)

14 January 2013
The Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) has today urged the Environment Agency to keep its robust stance over two issues impacting Hampshire’s chalkstreams – discharge of raw sewage into the Bourne Rivulet and a standard for phosphate discharges from watercress farms. The village of St Mary Bourne, close to Andover, has suffered backed-up sewage in homes, gardens and on its roads since late summer 2012, due to a rising water table from the heavy rainfall and a totally degraded sewage system. Southern Water has spent significant resources pumping sewage into tankers to try and alleviate the problem, but this has […]

REPORT RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS OVER THE RSPCA’s FREEDOM FOOD CERTIFICATION SCHEME FOR FARMED SALMON

16 January 2013
A new Salmon and Trout Association (S&TA) report into the RSPCA / Freedom Food certification of Scottish farmed salmon details major concerns over the failure of Freedom Food to take proper account of the wider environmental impact of the accredited farms. Worryingly the report exposes the fact that some farms with a dismal record on pollution and parasite control are still granted Freedom Food status. The Freedom Food logo is used extensively on supermarket packaging for farmed salmon and on salmon farming companies’ websites as an indication predominantly of good animal welfare practice, but also of good environmental stewardship. Freedom […]

WILDLIFE AND COUNTRYSIDE LINK RESPONSE TO THE UK BAN ON THE SALE OF FIVE AQUATIC INVASIVE NON-NATIVE SPECIES

30 January 2013
Wildlife and Countryside Link brings together 40 voluntary organisations concerned with the conservation and protection of wildlife and the countryside. Our members practise and advocate environmentally sensitive land management, and encourage respect for and enjoyment of natural landscapes and features, the historic and marine environment and biodiversity. Taken together our members have the support of over 8 million people in the UK and manage over 750,000 hectares of land. Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) pose a major and on-going threat to our native flora and fauna. A coalition of Wildlife and Countryside Link members, formed to progress action on INNS, has […]

SWINGS FROM DROUGHT TO FLOOD MAY TRIGGER COLLAPSE OF SOUTHERN UK ATLANTIC SALMON POPULATION

02 February 2013
New data show that salmon are again in decline because of the dual effects of a prolonged drought in 2011 followed by extreme flooding last year. Scientists from the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust who have been monitoring Atlantic salmon populations on the River Frome for the past 40 years, have revealed that following an encouraging upturn in wild salmon stocks over the past few years, there is now a prospect of a severe decline in the population. Dr Anton Ibbotson, from the GWCT’s salmon & Trout research centre on the River Frome, explained: “Unfortunately, the measured population size of […]

BLUEPRINT HELPS LOCAL COMMUNITIES ENGAGE WITH AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT

28 February 2013
A new comprehensive guide, aimed at informing local communities that may wish to engage with fish farm expansion and development proposals, has been published by the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) with the assistance and support of Fish Legal and the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA). SIFT is a new Scottish charity dedicated to promoting the economically and environmentally sustainable use of coastal waters. The Aquaculture Information Pack’s primary focus is coastal salmon farms, the most common form of aquaculture in Scotland. It is particularly relevant to the planning system for aquaculture development and it contains full details on which […]

"VALUING OUR FRESHWATERS" PUBLICATION LAUNCHED

05 March 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, interested stakeholders and many Welsh environmental Non-Government Organisations who are members of WEL. Afonydd Cymru and the Salmon and Trout Association took a lead role in preparing the document within Wales Environment Link (WEL) who co-ordinated its production and publication. A total of 20 member organisations within WEL supported the […]

S&TA (SCOTLAND) SUPPORTS AMENDMENT TO AQUACULTURE AND FISHERIES BILL

07 March 2013
The Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)) is giving its full support to a fundamentally important amendment – http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/BusinessBulletin/60579.aspx – to the Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill, requiring publication of sea-lice data on an individual salmon farm basis; currently such data is aggregated across regions making it impossible to determine which farms have problems controlling sea-lice. There was a great deal of discussion during last week’s debate in the Scottish Parliament on the Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill concerning the appropriate resolution for the publication of sea-lice data. The overwhelming consensus view – shared by NGOs, public bodies and academics – was […]

COUNTDOWN FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE

08 March 2013
5 days left to urge MEPs to vote for nature-friendly farming A group of 11 wildlife organisations has come together through the Joint Links group [1] to urge everyone to press their MEPs to vote for farming that supports nature in one of the most significant votes ever held in the European Parliament. Over 40,000 people have already sent a message to their MEPs using the website uk.farmingfornature.eu that was launched earlier this week. Jenna Hegarty, Senior Agricultural Policy Officer at the RSPB and member of the Wildlife and Countryside Link Agriculture Working Group said: “With 5 days left until […]

HOT WATER – A NEW SHORT FILM COMPETITION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

15 March 2013
This year marks United Nations’ International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day taking place on March 22nd. To kick things off, Cool It Schools is launching its new competition ‘Hot Water’, which invites the nation’s young people to make a short film with a big mission; to alert everyone to the fact that our reserves of fresh water – even here in the UK – are under threat, due to the on-going use and abuse of one of our greatest natural resources. Urgent attention must also be paid to the decimation of ocean and river life though overfishing, acidification […]

THE TROUBLE WITH OTTERS

11 April 2013
"It’s dawn and our naughty little otter has just returned to the scene of the crime, her wet footprints leading away from the pond by our cottage, trashed even worse this time because there were only half a dozen minnows that had survived for her to hunt since the last attack. If that is all she can find to eat it is symptomatic of deeper ills and I certainly worry for her future and that of the rest of our rivers’ wildlife". Hugh Miles, famed wildlife photographer and film-maker, only has to look out of his sitting-room window to observe […]

END OVERFISHING, DEMAND 217 CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS OF EU

11 April 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, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in support of ending EU overfishing by 2015 and the restoration of fish stocks by 2020. But the 27 fisheries ministers on the Fisheries Council have so far rejected these targets. They agreed only to end overfishing by 2020 and have not set a target […]

S&TA AND HIWWT THROW DOWN THE GAUNTLET TO THE EA OVER UNACCEPTABLE PHOSPHATE LEVELS

30 April 2013
Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) and Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust (HIWWT) hold Environment Agency to legal account over unacceptably high levels of phosphate discharges in Upper Itchen The S&TA and HIWWT have jointly written to the EA expressing their great concern at the lack of progress on the Upper Itchen in relation to the regulation and control of phosphate discharges, particularly from watercress beds into the River Itchen SAC. Decisions to take action on this issue were originally made by the EA in November 2007 as part of the Review of Consents process. Despite earlier assurances from the EA […]

FANTASTIC PROMOTION OFFER FOR THE LONGLEAT SHOW!

07 May 2013
‘LIMITED EDITION’ ADVANCE TICKETS Longleat is delighted to host its inaugural Fishing and Country Show on Friday June 14th and Saturday June 15th 2013. This two day, family event will be held beside the stunning fishing lakes opposite Longleat House – a truly majestic backdrop to a superb event. Whether you’re a seasoned fishing veteran or just starting out, looking for expert advice or just happy to ‘have a go’ with the kids, we can guarantee a great family day out with fantastic viewing and picnic areas. And – there’s a terrific discount offer available too. Buy your advance ‘LIMITED […]

STOP PROTECTING THE SALMON FARMERS FROM PROPER SCRUTINY

10 May 2013
The Salmon & Trout Association names the farms and shows Scottish Ministers and MSPs why they need to require full disclosure by law from the salmon farmers of sea–lice data The Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)) is demanding that Scottish Government stop protecting salmon farmers from proper scrutiny. In advance of the Stage 3 debate next Wednesday 15th May on the Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill in the Scottish Parliament, the S&TA(S) has today again shown the Scottish Government why it needs to require publication of weekly sea-lice count data relating to each salmon farm in Scotland by law, either […]

FIRST EVER FUNDRAISING MANAGER FOR S&TA

13 May 2013
Seasoned professional joins core team Gale Gould joins the S&TA as its Fundraising Manager on 20th May. This is the first time the Association has employed a full-time professional fundraiser and the appointment demonstrates the growing importance and widening of its funding base. Gale, a chartered member of the Institute of Fundraising, was previously Head of Marketing, PR and Funding for the Hawk Conservancy Trust near Andover for the past five years. Paul Knight, S&TA CEO declares, “ We are delighted to have Gale join our team. She comes with a wide experience recently in raising funds for an organisation […]

S&TA(S) REPORTS SAINSBURYS TO ASA AND TRADING STANDARDS

20 May 2013
S&TA(S) reports Sainsburys to Advertising Standards Authority and Trading Standards over erroneous claims on the geographical origin of and doubts over responsible claims made for its Taste the Difference farmed salmon The Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)) has today (20th May) filed a formal complaint against Sainsburys over the supermarkets erroneous claims concerning the geographic origin of and doubts over responsible claims made for its Taste the Difference Scottish farmed salmon. The complaint is addressed to both the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and Trading Standards as it relates both to the packaging of Sainsburys Taste the Difference Scottish farmed […]

S&TA RESPOND TO MARINE HARVEST ANNOUNCEMENT THAT IT WILL SEEK ASC CERTIFICATION

21 May 2013
Responding to the Marine Harvest announcement today that it will seek ASC certification for all its salmon farms, the Salmon & Trout Association Scotland gave a qualified welcome. Guy Linley–Adams, Solicitor to the Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland)’s Aquaculture Campaign said “In order to receive this certification, Marine Harvest will have to publish weekly farm specific sea lice data individually for each of their farms. This is what the S&TA(S) has called for for many years, and ensures producers stand by their environmental obligations. For this reason we do welcome Marine Harvest’s decision and hope all other fish farms will […]

S&TA IS LOOKING FOR A SHORT TERM VOLUNTEER

04 June 2013
S&TA is looking for a short-term volunteer to help collate and sort information for our Scottish fish farming campaign. Must be computer-literate! Home-based, for approximately three months – start as soon as possible. Volunteering for a charity is a great way to make your CV stand out, so if you would like to help us, please contact Janina on: janina@salmon-trout.org

SEVERN BARRAGE SHOULD NOW BE CANNED SAY ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS

10 June 2013
Environmental groups are calling on Hafren Power to call time on their ill-conceived proposal for a barrage across the Severn, in order to make room for more sustainable renewable power proposals. Today’s report from the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee concludes that Hafren Power failed to make the economic case for a barrage, failed to persuade the Committee that it wouldn’t harm jobs, and failed to answer serious environmental concerns. The Severn is Britain’s biggest estuary and supports significant communities and industries alongside internationally important populations of birds and fish within its outstanding landscape. Its huge tidal range – […]

CHEMICAL POLLUTION OF THE SEA-BED CONTINUES UNABATED UNDER SALMON FARMS

13 June 2013
Sea-bed monitoring under Scottish salmon farms reveals breaches of Environmental Quality Standards at nearly one in five fish farms for residues of sea-lice treatments toxic to lobster, crabs and prawns Information obtained by the Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)) from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) under freedom of information shows that nearly one in five fish-farms using Slice (emamectin benzoate) for sea-lice treatment, which reported results to SEPA, show samples in excess of Environmental Quality Standards designed to protect wild flora and fauna from the toxic effects of sea–lice chemicals. Data from 146 fish–farms which used Slice between […]

GREENLANDERS CONFIRM MAJOR INCREASE IN SALMON NETTING; SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT’S FAILURE TO REIN IN COASTAL SALMON NETTING IS TO BLAME

21 June 2013
Greenland, whose coastal waters play host to Scottish and other European wild salmon during their marine migrations, has announced that it will increase its landings of salmon from some 20 tonnes to 55 tonnes annually through the unilateral introduction of a new 35 tonnes “internal quota” for use in fish factories. The move by Greenland, which was forecast by the Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) [S&TA(S)] over a year ago as an inevitable consequence if the Scottish Government maintained its support for coastal netting in home waters, was announced at the recent meeting in Ireland of the North Atlantic Salmon […]

MARINE SCOTLAND SCIENCE IGNORING THEIR OWN EVIDENCE IN ‘UNFORGIVEABLE’ RESPONSE TO WESTER ROSS SALMON FARM APPLICATION

27 June 2013
The Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)) has today expressed disbelief at the response made by Marine Scotland Science, which provides scientific and technical advice on behalf of Scottish Government, to a planning application by the fish-farmer, Wester Ross Fisheries Limited, to install 46 steel pen fish cages in Loch Kanaird in Wester Ross at its existing fish-farm at Ardmair. Marine Scotland Science’s letter of 13th June 2013 to the Highland Council deals with the risks to effective sea lice management as a result of the application and comes to the conclusion that “strategies for dealing with sea lice are […]

WILD SEA TROUT BEING ‘EATEN ALIVE’ BY FISH-FARM PARASITES IN WESTER ROSS FOLLOWING FARMERS’ FAILURE TO CONTROL LICE NUMBERS ON FARMED SALMON. ON-FARM LICE NUMBERS NINE TIMES INDUSTRY LICE THRESHOLDS

03 July 2013
Monitoring in June of juvenile wild sea trout, witnessed by the Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)), in Little Loch Broom in Wester Ross has revealed fish carrying huge and probably lethal numbers of the parasitic sea lice Lepeophtheirus salmonis. 45 juvenile sea trout were monitored over six days; the average number of sea lice per fish was 133 with many carrying over 200 and two over 500. A burden in excess of 13 pre-adult sea lice is known to compromise severely the survival of juvenile sea trout (See Note below). Little Loch Broom (a sea loch) is part of […]

YET MORE HYDROPOWER OMNISHAMBLES AS ENVIRONMENT AGENCY DUCKS DECISION TO PROTECT OUR RIVERS

16 July 2013
Angling and conservation groups have expressed alarm at the continued delay in properly regulating the use of hydropower turbines on English rivers despite admissions that the current guidelines for hydropower schemes were ‘not fit for purpose’ and risked long-term environmental damage to fish and other ecology. At a meeting of on Thursday 11 July, the Environment Agency (EA) board failed to approve new Good Practice Guidelines for hydropower developments because of a lack of evidence provided by the EA executive team to support their recommendations that higher flow protection standards should be adopted. The Angling Trust, Atlantic Salmon Trust, Buglife, […]

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS WARN OF DREDGING ‘TRIPLE WHAMMY’ WITH DAMAGE TO WILDLIFE, INCREASED FLOODING AND LEGAL CHALLENGES

19 July 2013
The Blueprint for Water coalition of environmental organisations has this week submitted a strong response to the Government, objecting to proposals to weaken controls on river dredging which have been produced at the request of Environment Secretary Owen Paterson. The Environment Agency was asked by Mr Paterson to consider how it can make it easier for farmers and landowners to undertake their own dredging and watercourse maintenance, in response to some strong lobbying by the National Farmers Union in the aftermath of last year’s heavy rainfall and flooding. The Agency now proposes to deregulate parts of the consenting process for […]

SAINSBURY’S STILL SELLING MAINLAND FARMED SALMON LABELED AS BEING FROM SKYE, LEWIS OR UIST, ALMOST EIGHT WEEKS AFTER APOLOGISING PUBLICLY FOR THE ‘ERROR’ SALMON & TROUT ASSOCIATION (SCOTLAND) AGAIN CALLS ON SAINSBURY’S TO JUSTIFY ITS CLAIMS OF ‘RESPONSIBLY SOURCING’ OR WITHDRAW THEM

22 July 2013
On 20th May 2013, the Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S))made a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority and Trading Standards concerning claims made on Sainsbury’s ‘Taste the Difference’ Scottish salmon in relation to the geographical origins of the product and the unsubstantiated claims of “responsible management to protect and maintain the natural environment” at the farms concerned. The S&TA(S) today expressed its amazement to find that almost eight weeks after Sainsbury’s admitted errors in attributing their product to the “fast flowing sea water locations around the Isles of Skye, Lewis and Uist”, Sainsbury’s in England are still stocking ‘Taste […]

STUDY INVESTIGATES EXTRAORDINARY TROUT WITH TOLERANCE TO HEAVILY POLLUTED WATER

24 July 2013
New research from the University of Exeter and King’s College London has shown how a population of brown trout can survive in the contaminated waters of the River Hayle in Cornwall where metal concentrations are so high they would be lethal to fish from unpolluted sites. The team believe this is due to changes in the expression of their genes. The research was funded by NERC and the Salmon &Trout Association. The researchers compared the trout living in the River Hayle with a population living in a relatively clean site in the River Teign. The results showed that the accumulation […]

S&TA(S) warns that massive increase in tonnage of farmed alien rainbow trout in Loch Etive will inevitably threaten Argyll’s most important wild salmon river

09 August 2013
The Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)) has issued a warning that a proposed massive new rainbow trout farm on Loch Etive will pose an unacceptable additional threat to the integrity of Argyll’s premier wild salmon river. Dawnfresh Farming Limited has reapplied for planning permission for a new rainbow trout farm in Loch Etive, a sea loch north-east of Oban. The application is for 10 x 80 metre circumference fish cages just two miles from the mouth of the internationally renowned River Awe, which has an almost unparalleled reputation in Britain for leviathan salmon (see note 4 below). This farm […]

S&TA WELCOMES GOVERNMENT PLANS FOR COMPULSORY WATER METERS

13 August 2013
A necessary first step to conserve a precious and irreplaceable resource The government order, recently announced, requiring water companies servicing one-third of the UK to consider installing water meters in each household and to charge consumers for all the water they use has been broadly welcomed by the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA). It warns, however, that this is just a first step, and that water metering on its own will not solve the acute problems of water shortages that this country will face due to climate change. The nine water companies targeted service the south and south-east – areas […]

NEW SEA LICE PAPER EXPOSES SSPO

19 August 2013
Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) demands that the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) retract its February statement dismissing the impact of sea lice on wild salmon. New scientific paper shows that SSPO relied on a study that was fundamentally flawed. The Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)) is calling on the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) to retract its triumphant announcement earlier this year that “the average mortality in wild salmon due to sea lice is tiny, less than 1%”. The scientific study in Ireland, which SSPO used to justify its controversial position, has now been exposed as fundamentally flawed. […]

SALMON AND TROUT ASSOCIATION (SCOTLAND) RECEIVES MAJOR DONATION FROM SPEYSIDE ANGLING CLUB

02 September 2013
Baxters Angling Club, originally started and supported by the late Mr Gordon Baxter CBE DL of Baxters Food Group in Fochabers for the angling enthusiasts amongst its employees, has donated £3700 to the Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)), the leading wild fish conservation organisation. Hugh Steven, senior member of Baxters Angling Club, said: “We had excess funds that we wished to put towards fish conservation. We have been impressed by the S&TA(S) and its determination to address the main threats to our salmon and sea trout. We are particularly concerned that coastal netting for salmon is now on the […]

DEAD IN THE WATER

08 September 2013
Environmental groups have today welcomed the announcement from Government today that effectively puts a stop to plans to build a barrage across the Severn Estuary. Janina Gray, from the Salmon & Trout Association, said: “Today we welcome the Governments response to Halfren Power’s proposal to build a Severn barrage and hope now we can finally put the idea of a full barrage to bed once and for all. The Severn estuary itself is a vital resource to the UK, providing important habitat for fish and birds and functioning as gateway for migratory fish to internationally significant rivers such as the […]

SALMON FARMING INDUSTRY FIGURES REVEAL SCOTTISH REGIONS WHERE SEA-LICE ARE OUT OF CONTROL ON FISH-FARMS SALMON & TROUT ASSOCIATION (SCOTLAND) DEMANDS ANSWERS OF SSPO AND SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT

09 September 2013
As the damage being caused to wild salmon and sea trout in Scotland continues, the Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)) has analysed aggregated sea lice data published by the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO), in its first two quarterly sea lice reports (see links in Note 2). In June 2013 over one third of salmon farms (47 farms) on the Scottish mainland and in the Hebrides were in areas where average sea-lice numbers exceeded the industry’s own limit for sea lice. In each of the previous five months at least one quarter (35 farms) were in this category. In […]

CONSERVATIONISTS WELCOME CRACKDOWN ON DAMAGING INVASIVE NON-NATIVE PLANTS AND ANIMALS

10 September 2013
Conservation organisations have welcomed today’s announcement of a Europe-wide crackdown on non-native invasive plants and animals which are damaging wildlife in the UK and across Europe. A new European-wide Regulation will aim to better prevent the spread of invasive species, of which there are currently over 12,000 in Europe. Until now, there has been no EU-wide coordinated response to the increasing threat posed by invasive non-native species, which have been able to cross international borders with impunity. The level of action across the EU has at best been patchy resulting in weak and uncoordinated protection, and wildlife across the EU […]

THE RIVERIES AND FISHERIES TRUSTS OF SCOTLAND (RAFTS) SEEKS NEW CEO

19 September 2013
Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS) is seeking a dynamic and experienced Chief Executive Officer to manage and develop a fast growing environmental charity. RAFTS represents a network of 26 charitable trusts and foundations, which employ over 50 technical staff operating across the major freshwater catchments of Scotland. For full details, including job description, person description, employment description and application form go to RAFTS website http://www.rafts.org.uk/vacancies/ for downloadable information

NORWAY ORDERS SLAUGHTER OF TWO MILLION SEA-LICE INFESTED FARMED SALMON IN ORDER TO PROTECT WILD SALMON

09 October 2013
Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) questions whether Scottish Government would ever take similar action Norway orders slaughter of two million sea-lice infested farmed salmon in order to protect wild salmon NORWAY ORDERS SLAUGHTER OF TWO MILLION SEA-LICE INFESTED FARMED SALMON IN ORDER TO PROTECT WILD SALMON Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) questions whether Scottish Government would ever take similar action The Norwegian authorities have recently ordered that some two million sea-lice infested farmed salmon in the Vikna district of Nord Trondelag be slaughtered with immediate effect after becoming resistant to chemical treatments against the sea-lice parasite. The action has been […]

EA’S "RIVER MAINTENANCE PILOTS" IN FACT A BACKWARD STEP IN MAINTAINING RIVERS, SAYS S&TA

15 October 2013
New scheme to cut redtape leaves landowners managing flood risk by de-silting watercourses has potential for huge environmental damage. The Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) has serious concerns over a new scheme to allow landowners to dredge their rivers without first obtaining permission from the Environment Agency (EA). The scheme, under the title, River Maintenance Pilots, was announced by Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, and is designed to remove red tape and help landowners to manage the risk of flooding by de-silting watercourses, supposedly without causing any environmental damage. Indeed, Paterson considers that this de-regulation could actually enhance the environment, though […]

AT LAST! EA AGREES NEW FLOW STANDARDS BROADLY ENDORSED BY S&TA

18 October 2013
Four years of review, lobbying and hard work pay off On 17th October, the Environment Agency (EA) Board agreed new flow standards for its Hydropower Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs), following nearly four years of a review process in which the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) was closely involved, alongside colleagues from the Angling Trust. The new proposals start from a more precautionary baseline than the original GPGs, using the Catchment Abstraction Management Strategies Environmental Flow Indicators (CAMS/EFI). If applied correctively, these should ensure sufficient flow to avoid depleted reaches below hydro schemes, and attract fish to migrate over weirs. It […]

BRIEFING ON RIVER MAINTENANCE PILOTS IN ENGLAND

25 October 2013
On October 21st the Environment Agency launched a 12 month River Maintenance Pilot to de-regulating the Land Drainage Consenting process for dredging to remove silt, therefore allowing farmers and landowners to maintain rivers themselves. This has been achieved by issuing a Regulatory Position Statement (RPS), which, in effect sets out conditions under which the EA will not enforce, consenting rules. The detail of those conditions is set out in the Good Practice Guide, which accompanies the RPS. The pilots are in the following seven areas: Alt Crossens catchment, Lancashire River Duckow, Shropshire River Idle, Nottinghamshire Bottesford Beck, North Lincolnshire River […]

Salmon netsmen in Scotland tear up longstanding voluntary conservation agreement which delayed the start of the netting season, thus threatening the most vulnerable component of wild salmon stocks

14 November 2013
For the past 14 years the members of the Salmon Net Fishing Association of Scotland (SNFAS), which represents the great majority of netsmen including the main operators, have championed the postponement of the start of their season by six weeks – for “conservation” reasons in order to protect early-running spring salmon (the scarcest of all stocks); in effect, given that the legal start date for netting is mid-February (in most districts the 11th) and that most commercial netsmen are members of SNFAS, this has meant that there has been virtually no legal netting for salmon before April at the earliest. […]

THREE CHEERS FOR RICHARD BENYON MP! S&TA APPLAUDS EX-FISHERIES MINISTER’S BRAVE STANCE ON WATER CONSERVATION

18 November 2013
Observer / Guardian article highlights long-term concerns on water management In his first public interview since leaving office in the recent Government reshuffle, ex-fisheries minister Richard Benyon MP reveals in the Observer (15th November) how close the country was to seeing extreme water conservation measures being put in place during the Queen’s Jubilee last year.   It was only the fortuitous downpours that turned the summer into one of the country’s wettest – after the driest year on record – that saved consumers from street stand-pipes. Comments Paul Knight, CEO of the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA), “Our Association has long […]

LATEST SALMON FARMING INDUSTRY FIGURES REVEAL THAT SEA LICE NUMBERS HAVE EXPLODED IN NORTH-WEST HIGHLANDS

21 November 2013
Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) demands that Scottish Government stops prevaricating and orders an immediate cull of farmed salmon in the affected areas as done in Norway As the damage being caused to wild salmon and sea trout in Scotland continues, the latest aggregated sea lice data, published by the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO), shows that in the third quarter of 2013 sea lice numbers on farmed salmon were massively out of control in the north-west Highlands. The latest SSPO quarterly sea lice report (for July to September) reveals that average lice numbers during September on farms between Kinlochbervie […]

S&TA “HUGELY DISAPPOINTED” WITH THE WFD PROGRESS UPDATE FOR 2013 ISSUED BY THE EA

25 November 2013
Little, if any, progress at all in most water quality measurements The Environment Agency’s (EA) latest report on meeting Water Framework Directive (WFD) targets set in 2009 makes dismal reading, with even the Agency admitting that the target of 32% of all rivers and waterways achieving good ecological status “may take longer” than anticipated. “We are hugely disappointed with this update,” declares Janina Gray, Head of Science for the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA).  “Given how very modest the EA’s targets are, and the low base from which these measurements began in 2009, we really did hope to see some […]

THE WATER BILL AND SHALE GAS

25 November 2013
Briefing issued by S&TA and others for the 2nd reading of the Water Bill. To view the full article please click here.

BBC TV COUNTRYFILE HIGHLIGHTS SALMON FARMING

02 December 2013
Countryfile, Sunday 1st December, highlighted the problems with salmon farming, interviewing S&TA(S) Director of Communications Andrew Graham-Stewart. View the programme on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03kw9j9/Countryfile_Peak_District/.

S&TA AMONG WILDLIFE CONSERVATION TRUSTS URGING GOVERNMENT TO PRIORITISE ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES IN ALLOCATION OF CAP FUNDS

06 December 2013
The Government will shortly make its crucial decision on how the UK’s allocation of Common Agricultural Policy funds is spent.  S&TA, along with other leading wildlife conservation charities, has written an open letter to the Government to prioritise environment schemes.  In addition, everyone concerned with our environment is urged to write to their MPs in this regard.   Text of a form letter, and details of your local MP are given at the bottom of this release. Full text of the open  letter: “At an estimated cost of £112 a year per household, the issue of so-called green levies on energy […]

S&TA HEAD OF SCIENCE JANINA GRAY VOTED NEW CHAIR FOR BLUEPRINT FOR WATER COALITION

12 December 2013
Appointment hugely significant for fisheries interests Members of Wildlife and Countryside Link (Link) , have voted the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) Head of Science, Janina Gray, as the  Chair of the Water Group for 2014.  This is the first time a fisheries organisation has been accorded this accolade. Ever since she joined the S&TA in the autumn of 2007, Janina Gray has shown a total and passionate commitment to the S&TA’s aims which has helped lift the Association to a whole new level on the national stage.  Representing fisheries and aquatic environment interests on committees and working groups that […]

S&TA(S) CALLS ON ASDA TO END RELATIONSHIP WITH WESTER ROSS FISHERIES LIMITED AS DATA SHOWS SEA LICE OUT OF CONTROL ON FARMED SALMON IN TWO BROOMS AREA OF WESTER ROSS SUPERMARKETS MUST NOT IGNORE THREAT TO THE CONSERVATION OF WILD SALMON AND SEA-TROUT IN SCOTLAND

12 December 2013
The Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)) is asking major supermarket chain Asda to take a stand for wild salmon conservation by ending its relationship with Wester Ross Fisheries Limited, a company showcased in Asda’s magazine in July this year, because of its appalling sea-lice record and the threat that poses to wild salmon and sea trout. The very latest quarterly sea lice report (for July to September 2013) published by the salmon farming industry reveals that in the ‘Kennart to Gruinard’ region of the north-west Highlands, where there are seven farms operated by two companies, Wester Ross Fisheries Limited […]