Historic News

2011 - 2002

Angling club lodges legal complaint with Europe against Scottish Government over failure to protect salmon

20 December 2011
In an unprecedented move Brechin Angling Club (Brechin AC), supported by the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA), has submitted a formal complaint to the European Commission over the Scottish Government’s failure to protect salmon stocks in the River South Esk Special Area of Conservation (SAC). This follows the Government’s refusal, contrary to the advice of its own scientists, to back the Esk District Salmon Fishery Board’s application for conservation measures restricting salmon netting in the spring. The complaint, prepared by lawyer Guy Linley-Adams, cites numerous breaches by Scottish Government in relation to the requirements of the EC Habitats Directive in […]

The Water White Paper: A Welcome Start – But Where is the Will to Win?

12 December 2011
Salmon & Trout Association fears lack of commitment in key areas Water for Life, the Government’s plan for future water management, is now published. It acknowledges that Britain faces a future of water shortages, and lasting environmental damage, with some rivers running dry, unless attitudes to water use change dramatically. It promises a new approach to water management to mitigate the severe weather events, population growth and the need to grow more food that it predicts will impact on the aquatic environment in the future. It outlines changes designed to promote a “more robust and prepared water industry” as well […]

www.salmon-trout.org is RELAUNCHED

16 November 2011
Contemporary design, easy navigation and rich content make this website the www destination for everyone concerned about our aquatic environment The Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) has relaunched its website (www.salmon-trout.org) as part of its overall strategy to respond proactively and creatively to the expectations of the growing number of people who use the internet and online services as a first resource for information, purchasing, communicating. The Home page sets the scene with a clean, elegant design and clearly signposted destinations. S&TA’s famed advocacy projects are highlighted down the right hand side, with each campaign featuring its own colour coding […]

Launch of Thames Tunnel Now!

01 November 2011
Today (31st October), 15 major environmental charities and amenity groups representing over 5 million people have come together in a unique coalition in support of proposals to construct the Thames Tunnel to end the scandal of 39 million tonnes of untreated sewage which enters the capitals river every year. Please see below the joint statement agreed by the Thames Tunnel Now partners, including Salmon & Trout Association, RSPB, WWF, Thames21, Angling Trust and London Wildlife Trust. Support the Thames Tunnel Now! A coalition of national and local organisations has called for MPs and local councils to support the construction of […]

New Laws may restrict Fish Farming

18 October 2011
Anglers and landowners claim parasites from farms are partly to blame for declines in wild salmon and sea trout stocks Anglers and landowners claim parasites from farms are partly to blame for declines in wild salmon and sea trout stocks. New legislation may prevent fish farming in coastal areas deemed important for the survival of wild fish stocks, a BBC investigation is to reveal. BBC Scotland Investigates: Scotland’s Fishy Secrets reported that the Scottish Government could follow the example of Norway where the law has restricted the spread of fish farms after growing concerns over the depletion of wild fish […]

On the brink: Conservationists reveal the rivers still suffering

12 September 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 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. River wildlife experts at the RSPB, WWF, the Angling Trust […]

DOES A PROPOSED HYDROPOWER SCHEME CONCERN YOU?

25 August 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 highlighted by the S&TA to help members respond to the Hydropower Good Practice Guidelines Consultation. 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 […]

S&TA Launches STAndupforwildsalmon.org at Game Fair (22 – 24 July)

13 July 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 highlighted by the S&TA to help members respond to the Hydropower Good Practice Guidelines Consultation. 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 […]

Where is our river wildlife?

13 July 2011
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall supports launch of new riverbank nature survey Where is the best river to spot water voles? Which county is a hotspot for kingfishers? Which waterways are teeming with trout? A major new public survey launched today (Monday, July 11) at www.ourrivers.org.uk is aiming to answer these questions and more by collecting information about the wildlife people in England and Wales encounter on their local river. The survey results will be used in the second annual awards from the Our Rivers campaign, led by WWF-UK, RSPB, the Angling Trust and the Salmon and Trout Association. The awards will include […]

THE SALMON & TROUT ASSOCIATION AT THE CLA GAME FAIR, BLENHEIM PALACE, WOODSTOCK 22 – 24 JULY

30 June 2011
The Salmon & Trout Association’s CLA Game Fair tent is always a popular meeting point for fly fishers. In addition to the members’ hospitality area, offering catering through the day and a bar, the S&TA will, as usual, be co-ordinating casting lessons, given by GAIA-qualified instructors, running the casting competitions from the lake platforms and, in the tent area itself, is joined by the Riverfly Partnership and Fulling Mill, the leading supplier of fishing flies and other tackle, and which is offering special CLA Game Fair deals. The Salmon & Trout Association’s CLA Game Fair tent is always a popular […]

Marked decline in Scottish wild Atlantic salmon stocks confirmed in salmon farming areas

24 June 2011
A comprehensive new analysis by the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS) of official catch statistics demonstrates definitively that wild salmon catches in the salmon farming areas of the West Highlands and Islands have declined significantly compared with catches on the east coast, where there are no salmon farms. A comprehensive new analysis by the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS) of official catch statistics demonstrates definitively that wild salmon catches in the salmon farming areas of the West Highlands and Islands have declined significantly compared with catches on the east coast, where there are no salmon farms. […]

Greenlandic fishermen demand new quota to catch and sell wild salmon abroad at June NASCO meeting

16 June 2011
Greenlandic fishermen demand new quota to catch and sell wild salmon abroad at June NASCO meeting S&TA condemns "hypocrisy" of UK interests in exploiting stocks that are conserved in Greenland Greenlandic fishermen held a demonstration outside the hotel hosting the 28th North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) meeting (4th – 6th June) in Ilulissat, West Greenland. The fishermen, members of KNAPK (Greenland’s organisation of fishermen and hunters), demanded a new commercial quota to catch and sell salmon abroad in order to take advantage of what they consider to be a return to abundance of fish off the West Greenland coast, […]

THE SECRET LIFE OF RIVERFLIES REVEALED

20 May 2011
Salmon & Trout Association’s new web video visually stunning and surprising Salmon & Trout Association’s new web video visually stunning and surprising Riverflies, the new six-minute video shown exclusively on the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) website (www.salmon-trout.org), takes an intimate look at riverflies and their environment. In particular, it demonstrates how fragile and inter-dependent the aquatic ecosystem supporting these insects is and how, with just a few pieces of wood and some thought, anglers can help these essential creatures flourish in a river system. Shot by S&TA consultant and instructor John Slader, the video shows in close up detail […]

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 door: Aquaculture 1. Fish Farming is recognised as providing an important food source in the UK and a significant export for Scotland. The farms are located mainly on the West Coast and Islands of Scotland. Currently there are serious problems with the control of sea lice at the fish farms […]

£110 million revamp for England’s rivers

13 April 2011
A £110 million revamp which will bring more otters, salmon and other fish back to England’s rivers was announced by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman today. A £110 million revamp which will bring more otters, salmon and other fish back to England’s rivers was announced by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman today. The money will be used to kick start restoration worth at least £600 million to improve the health of more than 880 lakes, streams and other water bodies, while boosting local involvement in caring for our blue spaces enjoyed by millions every year Mrs Spelman said: "The health of our […]

Salmon & Trout Association exposes sham of salmon farming industry claims

07 April 2011
Dossier of material obtained under freedom of information reveals alarming results of Government inspections of Scottish salmon farms including high levels of sea-lice – the major concern for wild fish conservation Dossier of material obtained under freedom of information reveals alarming results of Government inspections of Scottish salmon farms including high levels of sea-lice – the major concern for wild fish conservation The Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA), today published a dossier based on hitherto unpublished Scottish Government Fish Health Inspectorate reports of inspections of Scottish salmon farms from 2009 and 2010, obtained under freedom of information law. The reports […]

Defra launches new "killer shrimp" campaign

29 March 2011
Defra today (Monday 28th March) launched its new campaign to heighten awareness of the dangers of the killer shrimp. In particular, it gives guidelines on how every leisure water user can help prevent its spread. Defra today (Monday 28th March) launched its new campaign to heighten awareness of the dangers of the killer shrimp. In particular, it gives guidelines on how every leisure water user can help prevent its spread. For full information, go to: www.direct.gov.uk/checkcleandry

Consumer water demand is putting river wildlife at risk

24 March 2011
Conservationists and anglers are calling on the Government to act over the one third of rivers in England and Wales which are threatened by household water demand. Conservationists and anglers are calling on the Government to act over the one third of rivers in England and Wales which are threatened by household water demand. The Government’s upcoming Water White Paper will set out reforms to the water industry. The Our Rivers campaign is urging ministers to seize this opportunity to tackle the issue of over abstraction by water companies which results in low flowing waterways and dry riverbeds, a problem […]

Catch and release advice aims to boost salmon survival

14 March 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”, which has been promoted widely since the 1990s to help conserve stocks, now accounts for two thirds of all salmon caught by anglers in Scotland and for the more fragile spring stock component, over 80%. Brian Davidson, Operations Director for ASFB and RAFTS, said: “Numerous studies including radio-tracking have shown […]

Rivers Big Society Science

09 March 2011
Rivers Big Society Science is in action – 200 delegates, from the Chairman of the Environment Agency through to local anglers from across the UK, unite in an innovative collaboration to protect and improve Britain’s rivers. Rivers Big Society Science is in action – 200 delegates, from the Chairman of the Environment Agency through to local anglers from across the UK, unite in an innovative collaboration to protect and improve Britain’s rivers. A capacity audience of 200, is gathering at the Riverfly Partnership conference ‘Your Rivers – their future’, at London’s Natural History Museum to further develop the expanding collaboration […]

Big River Society carves a bright future for UK rivers

07 March 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 Riverfly Conference, held on Thursday March 10th at the Natural History Museum, organised by the Riverfly Partnership (RP) – a network of 100 partners and hosted by the Salmon & Trout Association, attracted a "full house" audience drawn from all quarters of UK fishery and aquatic environment interests, in the […]

Survey: The University of Stirling wants your thoughts on salmon fishing in Scotland. One lucky participant will win a £100 fishing voucher!

03 February 2011
The University of Stirling is interested in hearing your thoughts about salmon fishing in Scotland. Please visit: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/anglinginscotland This survey is aimed at salmon anglers who DO NOT live in Scotland and HAVE ALREADY BEEN to Scotland on a salmon angling holiday. All information is strictly confidential and will be collated for the purposes of writing an honours dissertation. No individuals will be identified within the dissertation. This survey should only take around 15 minutes of your time. Please note that when talking about salmon fishing, we also include fishing for the sea trout. ONE LUCKY PARTICIPANT WILL WIN A […]

China deal on farmed salmon will hasten wild salmon and sea trout demise

13 January 2011
First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond MSP, yesterday jubilantly declared that the Scottish fish farming industry may need to double its production of salmon to satisfy Chinese demand, following the signing of a new trade deal. Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) highlights dangers of trade deal. First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond MSP, yesterday jubilantly declared that the Scottish fish farming industry may need to double its production of salmon to satisfy Chinese demand, following the signing of a new trade deal. S&TA believes this could spell further disaster for Scotland’s iconic and endangered West Highland wild salmon and sea […]

ALL ANGLER ALERT! "KILLER SHRIMP" ON THE MOVE

13 January 2011
Salmon & Trout Association and the Angling Trust issue guidelines to anglers to help contain spread of invasion Salmon & Trout Association and the Angling Trust issue guidelines to anglers to help contain spread of invasion In September, sharp-eyed anglers fishing on Grafham Water, Rutland, found a new species of shrimp. This was identified by the EA as Dikerogammarus villosus, now known as “the killer shrimp”. This invasive and aggressive species from Eastern Europe kills a range of native species, including young fish, and significantly alters ecosystems. It has now spread to two sites in Wales (at British Steel’s Margam […]

Gagging of Scottish Government by salmon farmers exposed;

26 November 2010
A series of Freedom of Information requests on behalf of the Salmon and Trout Association (S&TA) has exposed how the Scottish Government made a policy u-turn in the face of pressure, including the threat of legal action, from the salmon farming industry. In March Marine Scotland informed the industry that it would be publishing details online of certain inspection reports on salmon farms relating in particular to sea lice infestations and fish escapes, carried out under the terms of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act – given a ruling by the Scottish Information Commissioner that such information should be in […]

Salmon conservation dealt major blow by EU grant to salmon netting company

26 November 2010
Salmon conservation dealt major blow by EU grant to salmon netting company; EU and Scottish Government accused of ignoring internationally accepted conservation principles Wild fish organisations have accused the EU and the Scottish Government of blunder in light of their failure to apply consistent policy on salmon conservation. This follows the announcement last week of a £100,000 EU grant to Scotland’s biggest salmon netting concern in order to make it more efficient at catching fish. Usan Fisheries, based south of Montrose, is a mixed-stock coastal salmon fishery, indiscriminately exploiting fish destined for numerous rivers on Scotland’s east coast including three […]

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

09 November 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 angling, conservation and fisheries organisations , and we fully endorse all the points made in that response. This separate response supplements it and provides more detail on salmon and sea trout. Salmon are one of the best indicators of the health of the natural environment. Their life cycle exposes them […]

S&TA and AST meet Natural Environment and Fisheries Minister

24 September 2010
Paul Knight (S&TA) and Ivor Llewelyn (AST) met Richard Benyon, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Natural Environment and Fisheries, on 21 September. Paul Knight (S&TA) and Ivor Llewelyn (AST) met Richard Benyon, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Natural Environment and Fisheries, on 21 September. The S&TA and the AST urged the Minister to maintain Government funding to the Environment Agency to combat illegal fishing for salmon and sea trout and for the scientific monitoring of salmon and sea trout stocks. They said that while they appreciated that cuts would be made in Environment Agency funding, it was essential for the conservation of […]

Killer shrimp found in UK for the first time

16 September 2010
An invasive species of shrimp, commonly known as the ‘killer shrimp’ has been found at Grafham Water reservoir in Cambridgeshire. This is the first time the shrimp has been found in this country. Two keen-eyed anglers spotted the unusual shrimp on Friday 3 September and sent samples to the Environment Agency for identification. Once the shrimp was identified as possibly being Dikerogammarus villosus, the Environment Agency worked quickly with Anglian Water to put precautionary biosecurity measures in place. The shrimp is a voracious predator (hence its common name of ‘killer shrimp’). It kills a range of native species, such as […]

Salmon & Trout Association engage campaigner to fight non-sustainable aquaculture

15 September 2010
Guy Linley-Adams tasked to progress S&TA’s campaign to protect and preserve wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout Guy Linley-Adams tasked to progress S&TA’s campaign to protect and preserve wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout For the first time, a fisheries organisation is engaging a dedicated campaigner and lawyer to focus solely on just one key issue: to move the fish farming industry towards environmental sustainability. S&TA has engaged the services of the experienced lawyer, broadcaster and environmental campaigner, Guy Linley-Adams (please see biography following). Reporting directly to the S&TA Board, Guy will be targeting: Politicians (MSPs, MPs and MEPs),arguing the […]

Search for the nation’s best loved and most neglected river

01 September 2010
With only 5 per cent of rivers in England and Wales described as being in a pristine condition a new survey has been launched by a coalition of conservationists to celebrate and bring attention to some of Britain’s best loved and long forgotten rivers. With only 5 per cent of rivers in England and Wales described as being in a pristine condition a new survey has been launched by a coalition of conservationists to celebrate and bring attention to some of Britain’s best loved and long forgotten rivers. The Our Rivers Campaign which includes the RSPB, WWF-UK, the Angling Trust […]

"Catching the Impossible" showing on channel 4

17 June 2010
Hugh Miles, one of Britain’s leading angling and wildlife film-makers, spent many years filming Bernard Cribbens and Martin Bowler in their quest for the "impossible" – fishing for, and catching, specimen game and coarse fish in the British isles. WELL WORTH THE WAIT! HUGH MILES’S BRILLIANT NEW TV SERIES NOW HAS TERRESTRIAL AIRING "Catching the Impossible" showing on Channel 4 Hugh Miles, one of Britain’s leading angling and wildlife film-makers, spent many years filming Bernard Cribbens and Martin Bowler in their quest for the "impossible" – fishing for, and catching, specimen game and coarse fish in the British isles. And […]

S&TA stand a mini-hub for anglers at 2010 CLA Game Fair

10 June 2010
Fulling Mill, Fishpal and BASS have strong presence under one tent Fulling Mill, Fishpal and BASS have strong presence under one tent Following last year’s highly successful joint activity at the CLA Game Fair, Fulling Mill will again have a strong presence at the S&TA stand, offering an exciting array of products including flies, fly packs and accessories on sale at as well as a fantastic Gift pack for new members who join up to the S&TA at the Show. In addition, S&TA is also hosting Fishpal, the innovative and popular online fishing holiday resource which supports S&TA’s work, as […]

Eden Valley schools participate in innovative pilot scheme learning about our aquatic environment

10 June 2010
Children from High Hesket, Lanercost and Kirkoswald primary schools are first to be involved with "Future Fish: Edenstart" programme devised and executed by three leading environmental bodies Children from High Hesket, Lanercost and Kirkoswald primary schools are first to be involved with "Future Fish: Edenstart" programme devised and executed by three leading environmental bodies Developed by the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) in partnership with the Environment Agency (EA) and Borderlines, "Future Fish: Edenstart" aims to "reconnect young people with rivers, their fish and habitats and their importance to the wider community". Starting in June this year, and involving 165 […]

FAILURE TO PROTECT SCOTLAND’S WILD SALMON AND SEA TROUT – YET AGAIN!

28 April 2010
Wild fisheries groups blame make-up of Government-sponsored committee for fudging the issue on the management of mixed stock fisheries The group set up by the Scottish Government to make recommendations for the future management of mixed stock fisheries (MSFs) – those net fisheries operating outside of estuaries and exploiting salmon and sea trout from more than one river – has failed to reach consensus. There was a clear divide between those who wished to maintain the status quo and those who wanted to instigate change. The Association of Salmon Fisheries Boards (ASFB) and the Salmon and Trout Association (S&TA) were […]

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE – BUT FOR HOW LONG?

22 April 2010
Salmon & Trout Association and the Atlantic Salmon Trust challenge the Parties to deliver on key asks for the aquatic environment Salmon & Trout Association and the Atlantic Salmon Trust challenge the Parties to deliver on key asks for the aquatic environment Why do all the main political parties pay so little attention to water and the aquatic environment? Simply because they are taken for granted. But continuing with the piecemeal, short-sighted and politically expedient management of the past in such vital areas as abstraction, flood risk management and pollution could cause irreparable damage to our rivers and streams, say […]

Young anglers – have your say on the future of fishing

22 March 2010
Are you a member of a junior club? Do you take part in fishing competitions? Have you been through a fishing project? Have you done fishing in school? What do you get out of fishing? Are you a member of a junior club? Do you take part in fishing competitions? Have you been through a fishing project? Have you done fishing in school? What do you get out of fishing? A national angling survey is calling on young people to share their experiences of fishing, as part of new research looking at the health, wellbeing and educational benefits of angling […]

Survey reveals real reason people go angling… and it’s not for the biggest fish

22 December 2009
A national angling survey has revealed that the main reason millions of anglers go fishing in the UK is not to net a record fish but to escape crowds, de-stress and experience nature. A national angling survey has revealed that the main reason millions of anglers go fishing in the UK is not to net a record fish but to escape crowds, de-stress and experience nature. Of the thousands of anglers who took part in the survey, approximately 90% said that experiencing nature and scenery was important, very important or extremely important to them; while 88% rated escaping crowds and […]

The Lost World of Mr Hardy

30 October 2009
Documentary on limited release is a must for all fly fishers Once upon a time people made things with their hands, beautiful, intricate items like cane fishing rods and exotic salmon flies. One company did this best; Hardys of Alnwick. They were loved the world over, their fishing tackle adored by royalty, maharajas and film stars alike. Their attention to detail and quality brought a sense of fulfillment and pride to the job. Fifty years working at Hardys created an incredible sense of community where generations of families worked together. Now this has all but gone and we live in […]

Anglers National Fishing Survey- last chance to have your say

18 September 2009
Last chance for anglers to take part in 2009 national fishing survey Anglers are being urged to complete a unique survey as part of a national research programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, which is collecting information about the social and community benefits of angling. The online questionnaire asks anglers questions about their participation in the sport, such as why they go fishing and for what? How much physical activity does their participation involve, are they members of an angling club and how do they feel about the future of the sport? The aim of the questionnaire is to […]

S&TA BECOMES FULL MEMBER OF WILDLIFE & COUNTRYSIDE LINK

20 July 2009
Joins Institute of Fisheries Management as the only Full Members with fisheries interests The Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) has now been appointed a Full Member of Wildlife & Countryside Link, thus making it the only organisation primarily supported by anglers to hold Full membership status within this influential environmental umbrella body. S&TA has been an Associate member for the past two years, playing a full part in the highly successful Blueprint for Water campaign. Now that it is a Full Member, and the only one of two to represent fisheries interests, it is the intention to involve the S&TA […]

S&TA WELCOMES FULLING MILL TO CLA GAME FAIR STAND

30 June 2009
SALMON & TROUT ASSOCIATION WELCOMES FULLING MILL TO ITS STAND AT THE CLA GAME FAIR Membership inducement with exclusive “CLA Game fair only” offer The popular Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) stand at the CLA Game Fair sees an exciting new addition this year. Fulling Mill, the UK’s premier fly and fishing accessories company, which will have a major presence on the stand, is offering a “gift pack”, exclusive to the S&TA and worth £40.00, to every new member who joins the Association at this event. “As our annual membership is £40.00, this pound-for-pound offer is an extremely generous one, […]

Blueprint for Water; The Time to Act

01 April 2009
2009 is a year of opportunity, but also of tough decisions for freshwater policy. This year will see the completion of the 2009 water industry Price Review, the River Basin Management Plans, a draft Floods and Water Bill, and the finalisation of the Cave and Walker reviews into the future of the water industry. The outcomes will have a lasting impact on the future of our water and wetland environment, and on our wellbeing. 2009 is a year of opportunity, but also of tough decisions for freshwater policy. This year will see the completion of the 2009 water industry Price […]

Exclusive Hugh Miles video launches new look S&TA website

05 March 2009
New design, strapline and mission statement clearly identify Association’s position as the charity that game anglers support New design, strapline and mission statement clearly identify Association’s position as the charity that game anglers support Hugh Miles, one of Britain’s leading wildlife documentary film-makers, has made an exclusive video for The Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) as part of its far-reaching design relaunch. This new look now clearly communicates the Association’s objectives and position as the charity that game anglers support, which is summed up by its mission statement: “Game anglers influencing national decision makers over the management and protection of […]

Immediate ban on sales of rod-caught Salmon and Sea Trout

05 March 2009
Obligatory tagging of commercially caught fishS&am;TA hails breakthrough in salmon conservation Anglers will no longer be able to sell salmon or sea trout caught on rod and line, and all commercially caught fish will have to be tagged by netsmen to make them legally saleable. The new Environment Agency byelaw for England and Wales becomes active on January 31st. Obligatory tagging of commercially caught fish.S&TA hails breakthrough in salmon conservation Anglers will no longer be able to sell salmon or sea trout caught on rod and line, and all commercially caught fish will have to be tagged by netsmen to […]

S&TA Welcomes Government Decision to update Freshwater Fisheries Legislation

16 December 2007
Environment and Fisheries Minister, Ben Bradshaw, confirmed in Parliament yesterday that the Government will use regulations under the Regulatory Reform Act and the Water Framework Directive to implement the key recommendations made by the Salmon ad Freshwater Fisheries Review Group Environment and Fisheries Minister, Ben Bradshaw, confirmed in Parliament yesterday that the Government will use regulations under the Regulatory Reform Act and the Water Framework Directive to implement the key recommendations made by the Salmon ad Freshwater Fisheries Review Group. The S&TA (Salmon & Trout Association) welcomes this announcement. Changes to the law are urgently needed to improve the freshwater […]

River Garry Latest

24 July 2007
The upper River Garry is perhaps Scotland’s most abused river. In a scheme designed during the Second World War, all the water is abstracted by Scottish & Southern Energy plc (SSE) for hydro-electric generation The upper River Garry is perhaps Scotland’s most abused river. In a scheme designed during the Second World War, all the water is abstracted by Scottish & Southern Energy plc (SSE) for hydro-electric generation. This means that in dry weather there is no, or very little, flow over the 13 miles of river, familiar to drivers on the A9, from a little upstream of the House […]

National Fishing Festival gets the thumbs up from the governing bodies

02 June 2007
This years ambitious plans to host a National Festival of Fishing have recieved an enormous boost, as the sports governing bodies have this week announced their support This years ambitious plans to host a National Festival of Fishing have recieved an enormous boost, as the sports governing bodies have this week announced their support. Over half a million people are expected to take part in the event this year which begins on the 21st July with National Fishing week and carries on right throughout the summer holidays with the ‘Take a friend fishing Campaign’. Sean O’Driscoll, the chairman of the […]

Aquatic insects and climate change make BBC News

04 May 2007
Aquatic insects and climate change make BBC News – an excellent report on new science Aquatic insects and climate change make BBC News – an excellent report on new science Today the BBC is covering Cardiff University Prof Steve Ormerod and Isabelle Durance’s research on the effects of climate change on stream insects as published in Global Change Biology: Link to news story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/6619379.stm Anything you could do to disseminate interest in the BBC news item would help raise its profile (for example, send this email or the link to friends and/or write a comment in ‘Have your say’). Insects […]

S&TA to co-sponsor Atlantic Salmon Trust’s 40th Anniversary Conference, “Freshwater habitat management for salmonid fisheries.”

27 April 2007
The Atlantic Salmon Trust is holding an international conference on “Freshwater habitat management for salmonid fisheries” in September which fisheries managers, scientists and anyone with an interest in the subject are invited to attend The Atlantic Salmon Trust is holding an international conference on “Freshwater habitat management for salmonid fisheries” in September which fisheries managers, scientists and anyone with an interest in the subject are invited to attend. The meeting is to be held at the University of Southampton on September 18-21, and is being organised jointly with the University and the Game Conservancy Trust as part of the AST […]