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2019

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, on the state of our rivers. We recently used data from the Census in our response to a hydropower application on the river Coquet. On this important salmon river, the Census results, which are collected at a higher resolution and frequency than the Environment Agency’s […]

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 raw sewage killing many fish.   The Court heard that Thames Water had disregarded more than 800 high priority alarms in the six weeks prior to the incident, and a further 300 alarms were reportedly not properly investigated, which would have indicated that a key […]

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 creatures who are sadly struggling. What is the International Year of the Salmon (IYS)? IYS is a North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) and North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) initiative to support the conservation and restoration of wild salmon species. You can view the […]

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 in synthetic plastic production and poor management in plastic waste has led to a tremendous increase in its presence in our water environments. Plastic does not decompose, it simply gets smaller and smaller. Consequently, plastic particles less than 5 mm in size – commonly defined as […]

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 to REC Report Feb 2019 S&TCS salmon farming debate briefing S&TCS concerns concentrate on the proven negative effects of salmon and rainbow trout farming at sea on wild salmonids – both Atlantic salmon and sea trout. It has been clear for many years that Scotland’s performance, […]

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 our Head of Science and Environmental Policy, Dr Janina Gray, explains: “The Water Framework Directive gives a basic protection for our rivers and waterlife, and has resulted over the years in millions of pounds of investment, mainly from water companies.  Any weakening of the WFD […]

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 others stopped Bakkavor using chlorine in the daytime salad washing water some years ago. This is one small victory in our campaign to stop Bakkavor’s salad washing factory at Alresford polluting the headwaters of the River Itchen SAC and SSSI – one of our finest […]

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 ‘King of Fish’ for ever! We will continue our current work on reforming unsustainable salmon farming in Scotland and improving water quality, both vital issues affecting the health of wild salmon populations. However, the greater support we receive, the more influential we can be. Please support […]

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 steps of Winchester Cathedral. You can find out more about the event here. We are incredibly proud and grateful that Phil has chosen our work to benefit from his “marathon” efforts! We would like to highlight Phil’s sponsorship page and ask that all our members spread the […]

Prix Charles Ritz Award 2019 celebrates river conservation in England and Wales

31 March 2019
The International Fario Club, with assistance from Salmon & Trout Conservation, have this year launched the Prix Charles Ritz award for England and Wales, to honour projects here helping to preserve our rivers for future generations. Recognising environmental initiatives on the rivers we cherish This year the Prix Charles Ritz is launching an award in England and Wales for individuals/communities who make a difference to the rivers they cherish. A monetary donation will be awarded to individuals or communities who, through their project(s) in England or Wales, exhibit the utmost devotion and commitment to the environment. Specifically, the award is […]

Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award 2019

08 May 2019
In its fifth year, the Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award 2019 is now open to students. See below for details on this exciting award, and please share with any suitable students you may know. What is the Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award? Set up by Salmon & Trout Conservation in collaboration with the Arundel Arms and Fario Club, the Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award 2019 offers students: One week work experience with the West Country Rivers Trust; learning catchment management and water science from the Trusts eminent scientists Two day fly fishing course Complimentary stay at the Arundell Arms hotel during the work […]