News & Views

Latest S&TC News & Views

Below you can have a read of the latest S&TC news and views.

These articles describe what is happening in the industry (we always have one ear to the ground), our stance on important topics (based on our extensive scientific knowledge and 115+ years of experience), and how our campaigns are progressing (what your support helps us achieve).

Our work and news covers a range of topics and issues relevant to the health of salmon and trout in our UK freshwaters. 

Every month we summarise this news into a handy email newsletter, and we also send out occasional press releases - subscribe here to join our S&TC news list and stay in the know.

Access to river banks / S&TA Canoe Ambassador

The Environment Agency have recently published a consultation paper on improving access to rivers for navigational purposes The Environment Agency have recently published a consultation paper on improving access to rivers for navigational purposes, especially for canoeists. Both the Moran […] Read More

Fishery Action Plans – update

The Environment Agency (EA) last year agreed to four experimental catchment FAPs – on the Lancashire Ribble, Norfolk Wensum, the Lee (Thames) and Wye. The Environment Agency (EA) last year agreed to four experimental catchment FAPs – on the Lancashire […] Read More

Aquatic Fly Life

Much has been written and talked about the decline in fly life on the southern chalkstreams, and further research is proving that all areas and types of river are suffering a similar problem. Much has been written and talked about […] Read More

Abstraction – Wessex rivers

The Director has joined the Wessex Water Low Flows Consultative Group, newly formed to monitor the success or otherwise of new initiatives to address abstraction problems on the Wylye The Director has joined the Wessex Water Low Flows Consultative Group, […] Read More

North East Nets – buy-out update

At long last, a deal is on the table to buy-out a significant number of netsmen. At long last, a deal is on the table to buy-out a significant number of netsmen. Thanks to some further lobbying behind the scenes, […] Read More

Centenary Celebrations

It is incredible to think that the Salmon & Trout Association has now been working for one hundred years to safeguard the salmon and trout fisheries of the UK. It is incredible to think that the Salmon & Trout Association […] Read More

Salmon Farming News & Views

S&TC and Patagonia deliver 170,000 strong petition to Scottish Parliament

12 Sep 2019
Our partnership with Patagonia in this campaign has been extremely effective. Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland (S&TCS) are pleased to have been able to orchestrate the delivery of Patagonia Inc’s “Artifishal” petition against open-net salmon farming, which we supported, to Gillian Martin MSP, Convener of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee at the Scottish Parliament. Patagonia’s credibility on […] Read More

Sea lice numbers on salmon farms double in a single year

21 Aug 2019
Total sea lice numbers on salmon farms double in a single year. Industry and official SEPA data underline how the rush to expand salmon farm production is massively increasing the risks to wild salmon and sea trout. “A moratorium on salmon farm expansion is now more essential than ever” Andrew Graham-Stewart, Director of Salmon and […] Read More

Response to MOWI decision to close Loch Ewe salmon farm

25 Jul 2019
Mowi (previously Marine Harvest) has announced that it is to close its highly contentious salmon farm in Loch Ewe, Wester Ross.   Andrew Graham-Stewart, Director of S&TC Scotland (S&TCS), said:  “We welcome Mowi’s decision to close the Loch Ewe farm. There can be no doubt that the decision is a vindication of S&TCS’ long campaign […] Read More

ARTIFISHAL & Patagonia Inc

27 Jun 2019
“The thing that has struck us at the screenings we have attended is that the audience is far from being just anglers – it has been great seeing so many younger folk there and hearing their reaction to the issues” Paul Knight, CEO Salmon & Trout Conservation In 2019 one of Patagonia’s core global campaigns […] Read More

Salmon farming being supported by hands-off regulation and taxpayers’ money

19 Jun 2019
  FOI reveals hands-off regulation of salmon farming’s environmental impactand the lavish use of taxpayers’ money to support the industry  Freedom of Information requests made by Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland (S&TCS) to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Marine Scotland, the Fish Health Inspectorate and Highlands and Islands Enterprise have shown the extent of Scottish […] Read More

NASCO 2019

12 Jun 2019
“With S&TC’s Chairman, CEO, Head of Science and Scottish Director actively involved in NASCO, we are playing a genuinely influential role within international wild Atlantic salmon conservation politics” The 2019 NASCO meeting was held in Tromsø, Norway, this year and was preceded by a 2-day Symposium for the International Year of the Salmon – Managing […] Read More

BBC Panorama: Salmon Farming Exposed

29 May 2019
“We applaud Panorama’s focus on the abject failure of the regulators in Scotland to carry out their responsibilities.” Andrew Graham-Stewart, Director of Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland For example, the Scottish Government’s Fish Health Inspectorate, that polices farms for parasites and diseases, has in the last five years served only two enforcement notices under the […] Read More

The Shetland Factor

03 May 2019
Many believe salmon farming is an issue exclusive to wild fish in the west Highlands and Hebrides. However, controlling sea lice on farms in Shetland is just as important as our Scottish Director, Andrew Graham-Stewart explains… The official figures for rod catches of salmon in Scotland during 2018 were published last week. That they were […] Read More

We all have a responsibility to save the ‘King of Fish’

19 Apr 2019
The publication of new Environment Agency byelaws banning the killing of salmon in the North East drift and coastal nets was very welcome news earlier this year and brought to a close a campaign by fisheries organisations that lasted some 30 years. Scotland banned drift netting in 1962 and closed down its coastal nets in […] Read More

Scottish Government inertia marks anniversary of Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee’s report into salmon farming

06 Mar 2019
  Scottish Government inertia marks anniversary of Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee’s report into salmon farming Industry allowed to persist with business as usual a year after Government was told ‘the status quo is not an option’ One year on from the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee’s report on the Environmental Impacts of […] Read More

S&TCS briefing as Scottish Government debate the future of salmon farming

06 Feb 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 […] Read More

2018: A year in review

21 Dec 2018
What have we achieved this year? 2018 has been our biggest year yet! So where has your support got us, and what have we done for wild fish protection and conservation? Our CEO’s Year In Review summaries our influence, accomplishments and campaigns over the past 12 months.  View our full YEAR IN REVIEW HERE With […] Read More

Why you should go salmon-free this Christmas

11 Dec 2018
A Christmas favourite it may be; but there is nothing festive nor joyous about farmed salmon. Salmon is considered by many to be a Christmas staple, its murky journey from net-pen to plate concealed behind tinsel-clad wrapping and slick marketing. Two parliamentary inquiries have this year confirmed the need for rapid change in salmon farming, which […] Read More

S&TCS warmly welcomes the Rural Economy Committee’s report on salmon farming

27 Nov 2018
S&TCS warmly welcomes the Rural Economy Committee’s report on salmon farming Scottish Government must now act quickly to put in place greater protection for wild salmon and sea trout. View the REC Committee Report here Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland (S&TCS) has warmly welcomed the Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) Committee’s report on salmon farming, […] Read More

“Organic” farmed salmon – let’s get real

12 Nov 2018
“Organic” farmed salmon Similar scenarios play out at dinner tables up and down the UK, particularly during the festive season. Salmon, either smoked or “fresh”, is served and the host, feigning environmental awareness, announces along the lines of: “Don’t worry, we are always very responsible – we only ever buy ‘organic’ salmon.” But is eating […] Read More

Salmon farming industry blames wild fish for sea lice infestations

30 Oct 2018
  Sea lice on farmed salmon – the ultimate solution In September, following months of media exposes of salmon farming’s dire environmental failures, the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) announced the appointment of a leading political journalist to the newly created role of “Director of Strategic Engagement”. In the SSPO’s news release, the appointee is […] Read More

Loch Roag Sea Lice: SSPO Defence Falls Flat

19 Sep 2018
Mea culpa……mea what? On September 3 we issued a news release detailing the deaths, in the Blackwater River (Isle of Lewis), of a substantial proportion of this Hebridean system’s wild adult salmon run.   The tip of the iceberg The corpses removed from the tidal Sea pool were likely just the tip of the iceberg […] Read More

Wild Adult Salmon Run Decimated By Sea Lice

03 Sep 2018
Important Hebridean adult wild salmon run decimated by parasites as sea lice numbers on local salmon farms rise and dead farmed fish are taken ashore for burial Underwater video and photos show graphic evidence of wild salmon covered in parasites Above: A dead wild adult Blackwater salmon, fatally wounded after its skin has been stripped […] Read More

The curious case of the great salmon escape that wasn’t…

20 Aug 2018
  Scottish Ministers again failing to comply with FOI law over mysterious 2016 salmon farm escape of 300,000 fish that company now says never happened…. The reporting of the disappearance of 300,000 farmed salmon in 2016, understood at the time to be the industry’s biggest escape in many years, raises serious questions about the oversight […] Read More

S&TCS FOI Requests: Scottish Government still not responding lawfully

16 Aug 2018
S&TCS FOI Requests The Scottish Information Commissioner has issued yet another decision [1] against Scottish Ministers for their failure to comply with freedom of information law. This is now added to seven other decisions obtained in the last 15 months by S&TCS to do with requests for information about salmon farms.   Eight decisions from the […] Read More

Scottish salmon farming seeks to expand as publication of Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy Committee report approaches

07 Aug 2018
Whilst the report of the Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) Committee into salmon farming in Scotland is awaited (scheduled for “early autumn”), applications for new salmon farms, or expansion of existing farms, are continuing apace. Applications to increase tonnage are in the pipeline from southern Argyll to the northern isles. These applications are generally not […] Read More

SSPO retreats from commitments given in evidence session to MSPs

11 Jul 2018
  Salmon farmers renege on transparency promises to Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee   Scotland’s salmon farmers have delivered an extraordinary snub to the Scottish Parliament’s influential Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee.   SSPO commitments to transparency on sea lice data made in oral evidence have been reneged on, ignoring the unanimous demands […] Read More

NASF &ASF sign 12-year salmon agreement with Greenland fishermen

30 May 2018
NASF & ASF Agreement The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) and the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF) have signed new agreements with commercial fishermen in Greenland and the Faroe Islands that will protect thousands of adult wild Atlantic salmon from commercial nets and longlines, allowing them to return to North American and European rivers. We welcome […] Read More

New study confirms impact of sea lice on sea trout

25 May 2018
  Impact of sea lice on sea trout A noteworthy scientific paper which confirms impact of sea lice on sea trout has just been published in the prestigious Journal of Fish Biology, entitled “The influence of aquaculture unit proximity on the pattern of Lepeophtheirus salmonis  [SEA LICE] infection of anadromous Salmo trutta [SEA TROUT] populations on the Isle of […] Read More

SSPO ignores many requirements set out by Parliamentary Committee

03 May 2018
Salmon farming industry’s selective release of individual farm sea lice data falls far short of what is required Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland (S&TC Scotland) is dismayed that this week’s publication by the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) of sea lice data for January, on an individual farm basis (see, falls far short of […] Read More

Demand for immediate moratorium on salmon farm expansion

26 Apr 2018
Salmon Farming Moratorium Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland (S&TC Scotland) is today leading a call for an immediate moratorium on any new open cage marine salmon farms in Scotland or any expansion of existing sites. The call is supported by a wide cross section of 27 environmental NGOs and other bodies, demanding that: Until the […] Read More

Salmon Farming Update – The Power of Mass Media

26 Mar 2018
Salmon Farming Update: Inquiry progress from our Scottish Director… As someone who has done PR to a greater and lesser extent for wild fisheries interests for almost two decades, I am invariably pleased, when asked, to spend time explaining the issues to journalists. This approach often pays dividends as it maximises the chances of a […] Read More

Applauding the Environment Committee report into environmental impacts of salmon farming

06 Mar 2018
Systematic Government failure to heed warnings regarding the consequences of intensive salmon farming Read More

Impacts of salmon lice emanating from salmon farms on wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout

10 Jan 2018
Systematic Government failure to heed warnings regarding the consequences of intensive salmon farming Read More

Argyll salmon run crisis in the River Awe

11 Dec 2017
Systematic Government failure to heed warnings regarding the consequences of intensive salmon farming Read More

FOI Number Five – getting you the information they don’t want you to see!

06 Dec 2017
As the Scottish Government continues to try to downplay the harm being caused by open-cage salmon farming, S&TC Scotland has just secured its fifth favourable decision in a row this year from the Scottish Information Commissioner. Putting information about salmon farming and its impacts – information that the Scottish Government and its agencies would rather […] Read More

Scotland’s worst sea lice offenders: Full Farm List

20 Nov 2017
In our previous article we shared how our campaigning had lead to full disclosure of which Scottish salmon farms were not keeping their lice under control (read here). We highlighted the worst offenders, but today we bring you the full list of farms breaching the sea lice trigger levels set by the Scottish Government.* Open […] Read More

Scottish salmon farming’s ‘liciest’ farms named and shamed

30 Oct 2017
Data reveals astonishingly high sea lice levels, Scottish Government regulation of salmon farms shown to be wholly inadequate. Today, Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland names and shames the liciest fish-farms in Scotland. Following the formal decision by the Scottish Information Commissioner ( ) that Scottish Ministers unlawfully tried to withhold information naming fish farms that had […] Read More

BBC’s ‘Fish Farms of the Future’ – Our Comments on Closed Containment

27 Oct 2017
  The recent BBC Costing the Earth programme – Fish Farms of the Future – centred around the issue of farming salmon in tanks on land, many miles away from the sea, and how this could be the answer to the environmental impacts of traditional open net farming prevalent off the West Coast and Islands […] Read More

A big, bright new vision for our watery places and the life within them

29 Sep 2017
Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC), the national voice for the UK’s wild fish and where they live, has been protecting our watery places for over 100 years. Over this time the issues faced by these environments may have changed, but standing up to keep our waters wild has never been more important. A healthy water […] Read More

Scottish Ministers ordered to disclose names of Scotland’s ‘liciest’ salmon farms to Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland

18 Sep 2017
The Scottish Information Commissioner has this week published a formal Decision that Scottish Ministers unlawfully tried to withhold information naming fish farms that had breached Scottish Government trigger levels for the numbers of adult female sea lice on farmed salmon. Late last year and this year, Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland (S&TC Scotland) made […] Read More

S&TC Scotland calls out the SSPO for use of alternative facts

15 Aug 2017
  River Awe grilse The claim by the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (“S&TCS ‘premature and over simplistic’ in claims about River Awe”, 9 August) that “the majority of grilse don’t return to the Awe until the autumn” shows how completely ignorant it is regarding the habits of wild Scottish salmon. There has never been a […] Read More

Unprecedented collapse of salmon run in South-West Highlands underlines failure of Scottish Government to protect wild fish from the catastrophically negative impact of salmon farming

08 Aug 2017
This year’s run of salmon in the most closely monitored river in Argyll is on course to be the lowest on record. The salmon count on the River Awe has hit an all-time low after 30 weeks of the season. Last year’s total of 807 fish was only slightly above the all-time lowest count. This […] Read More

Mounting evidence of need to modernise salmon farming – collapse of salmon run in South-West Highlands

08 Aug 2017
This year’s run of salmon in the most closely monitored river in Argyll is on course to be the lowest on record. The salmon count on the River Awe has hit an all-time low after 30 weeks of the season. Last year’s total of 807 fish was only slightly above the all-time lowest count. This […] Read More

Unprecedented collapse of salmon run in South-West Highlands underlines failure of Scottish Government to protect wild fish from the catastrophically negative impact of salmon farming

08 Aug 2017
Systematic Government failure to heed warnings regarding the consequences of intensive salmon farming Read More

Living Rivers News & Views

SmartRivers is delivering results

12 Sep 2019
The hot dry summer has exposed the stress our rivers are under Nick Measham, Deputy CEO, S&TC To view the full interview click HERE The hot dry summer has exposed the stress our rivers are under – particularly in Southern chalkstreams where algal growth and sediment is choking life to a seemingly unprecedented extent. Once […] Read More

Discharges from salad washing – Update

31 Jul 2019
Salad washing on the Upper Itchen: A local problem with national significance… Nick Measham , Deputy CEO, S&TC writes……. S&TC’s battle to stop Bakkavör discharging pesticides and chlorinated plant-cleaning chemicals from its salad washing activities is achieving increased environmental protection, and not just for the Upper Itchen. [Previously covered by BBC Countryfile] As a result […] Read More

Chalk streams debated in parliament

31 Jul 2019
We always intended the Riverfly Census to be a lobbying document as well as reporting on the science, and this has been an excellent first political outing for it. Paul Knight, CEO, S&TC In a speech during a House of Commons debate on “Degraded chalk stream environments”, Richard Benyon MP cited evidence from S&TC’s ground […] Read More

Salmon stock exploitation: Wales delays, while England acts

01 Jul 2019
Salmon stock exploitation: Wales delays, while England acts On the 14th June 2019, in response to troubling results from their own analysis of Severn salmon stocks, the Environment Agency (EA) implemented an emergency bylaw prohibiting the use of certain nets in the estuary and imposed compulsory catch and release on all other nets and rod and line fisheries on […] Read More

Dear Phil, Thank you so much!

26 Jun 2019
What can we say other than a huge THANK YOU!! Phil Chessum took on the challenge of running the Race to The King ultramarathon to raise money for S&TC. An exhausting 52.4 mile slog across the South Downs. Completing the course in a very respectable 10 hours 26 minutes and finishing 71st out of 750 competitors, Phil’s feet seemed to […] Read More

Response to Southern Water Fine

25 Jun 2019
  Ofwat has imposed the biggest fine ever on a water company for “significant breaches of its licence conditions and its statutory duties.” Southern Water has been fined £37.7m, but this has been reduced to £3m because the company has undertaken to pay customers some £123m over the next five years. Ofwat states in its report: […] Read More

Bakkavör Alresford Salads Impacting Upper Itchen

17 Jun 2019
  Sewage and pesticides from a salad washing factory owned by Bakkavör Group Plc may present a serious threat to aquatic invertebrate life on a highly protected English chalkstream.  The Environment Agency’s response to a formal notification of environmental damage made by S&TC in June 2018, pursuant to the Environmental Liability Directive, confirms the wild […] Read More

Troubling news from Wales

30 May 2019
  Troubling news from Wales as the recently published 2018 assessments of salmon and sea trout populations point towards a continued decline. Stocks in twelve of the twenty-three principle salmon rivers were deemed to be “at risk” of failing to reach their conservation limits for sustainable recruitment and those in the remaining eleven rivers to […] Read More

Profits And Pollution

29 May 2019
“S&TC has for a long time questioned the English water companies over their abstraction policies, especially in water-scarce, aquifer-fed regions, but now it appears that other sectors of the industry are under scrutiny.” Paul Knight, CEO Salmon & Trout Conservation writes….. Carry out the basic duties In the Financial Times recently, it was reported that […] Read More

The Riverfly Census: Launch

29 May 2019
“If you do nothing else this month, read the Riverfly Census report which got its first airing at a mid-May reception in London.” Nick Mesham, Deputy CEO, Salmon & Trout Conservation To download the full report: CLICK HERE ‎ Once upon a time, industry was poisoning the nation’s life-blood rivers, but the story nowadays is all […] Read More

SmartRivers Update – June 2019

29 May 2019
May saw the initiation of another one of our SmartRivers pilot hubs. We are very happy to be adding two chalkstreams – the Avon and the Wylye – to the SmartRivers family, thanks to Wiltshire Fisheries Association. Taking river guardianship into our own hands For all rivers being added to SmartRivers, a professional scientist has […] Read More

The Riverfly Census: Full Report

15 May 2019
“The Riverfly Census Report has been central to S&TC’s work for the past three years and coincides with the United Nations’ recent statement on the catastrophic state of the global environment. The results should worry everyone. Our message is simple; unless there is radical change our rivers will soon become lifeless.  With ever increasing mainstream public […] Read More

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 […] Read More

International Year of the Salmon – Our annual seminar in Wales

17 Apr 2019
Latest figures reveal populations in 21 of the country’s 23 principle salmon rivers to be probably at risk or at risk of failing to meet their conservation limits. It was with this thought in mind that the recent S&TC Cymru annual seminar took on an International Year of the Salmon theme, posing the question: “Can […] Read More

Local myth-busting with the Riverfly Census Conclusions

02 Apr 2019
You’ve probably seen our local Riverfly Census Conclusion reports popping up over the past few weeks. Now we’re tying up the Riverfly Census project, we thought it would be useful to let you know what these reports mean, how they can be used and the exciting things planned as we draw closer to the big […] Read More

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

31 Mar 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 […] Read More

Running for wild fish: S&TC supporter takes on ultra marathon

22 Mar 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 […] Read More

S&TC ask Sir David Attenborough to talk Salmon for IYS

21 Mar 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 […] Read More

Bakkavor ends use of cleaning products containing chlorine

15 Mar 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 […] Read More

375,000+ citizens tell the European Commission “Hands off our water law!”

14 Mar 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 […] Read More

Septic tanks – the UK’s secret sewage problem

18 Feb 2019
Septic tanks are not the most glamorous topic… …But they are definitely the ‘elephant in the room’ when it comes to protecting our waters from nutrient pollution. What are septic tanks? There are a vast array of homes that are not linked up to main sewage treatment works. Where properties are located at least 50 […] Read More

From source to sea: S&TC unite with Marine Conservation Society (MCS) to highlight plastic’s destructive journey

04 Feb 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 […] Read More

S&TC joins partners across the Northern Hemisphere to launch the International Year of the Salmon (IYS) 2019

25 Jan 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 […] Read More

A dismal end to 2018 for water companies, their regulators, and the government

22 Jan 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 […] Read More

S&TC welcomes England’s NE salmon net closure

18 Dec 2018
NE salmon net closure S&TC welcomes the new Environment Agency byelaws which will close down the killing of Atlantic salmon in drift nets and coastal T&J nets on the north east coast of England, which follows lobbying from several fisheries NGOs over many years. S&TC believe this is the correct decision in the interests of […] Read More

Latest data on River Test and River Itchen reveals concerning issues

17 Dec 2018
  Test and Itchen are no exception to grim decline in water quality and flylife The S&TC Riverfly Census continues to reveal worrying declines in flylife and water quality in rivers across England and Wales, as confirmed by our latest report on the River Test and the River Itchen (the king and queen of our […] Read More

#ProtectWater campaign success: brilliant news for our waters and fish

06 Dec 2018
First success for #ProtectWater campaign Thanks to an extensive collaborative effort from over 100 NGO’s across Europe, including S&TC, an important first milestone has been achieved in the defence of our water’s environmental protection laws. A paper drafted by a group of government officials, seeking to weaken the laws which currently protect our waters, has […] Read More

SIFCA Consultation: Help us ban inshore netting which threatens salmon & trout

26 Nov 2018
Join S&TC in seeking to ban inshore netting in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to help protect genetically-unique chalkstream salmon and sea trout. Salmon & Trout Conservation has responded to an important consultation on the future of net fishing in the harbours and estuarine waters of the South Coast. We want a cessation […] Read More

S&TC Cymru welcomes new agricultural pollution regulations

19 Nov 2018
  Welcome news from Wales: New regulatory measures to tackle agricultural pollution Following an extensive lobbying exercise, S&TC Cymru are greatly encouraged by the recent announcement by Lesley Griffiths, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, to introduce regulatory measures to combat the growing threat to the freshwater environment from agricultural pollution. […] Read More

Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award 2018: Winner announced

16 Oct 2018
Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award 2018: Winner Announced at Arundell Arms S&TC are proud to announce that their prestigious Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award 2018 has been awarded to PHD student William Davison, of Exeter University. The award was presented to William on the 10th of October at the Arundell Arms, by proprietor, and Anne-voss Bark’s son, Adam Fox Edwards and […] Read More

River Itchen damage below Alresford Salads: Autumn 2018 photos

15 Oct 2018
New photos show damage in River Itchen below Bakkavor’s Alresford Salads factory. At S&TC we have long been campaigning to stop Bakkavor discharging their salad wash effluent into the headwaters of the River Itchen. The Itchen is a designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC), and we fear that the chemicals in their discharge are harming […] Read More

S&TC response to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee consultation over the Agriculture Bill 2018

09 Oct 2018
S&TC’s EFRA response S&TC respond to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee consultation over the Agriculture Bill 2018. Our Head of Science and Environmental Policy, Dr Janina Gray, recently wrote about the Bill, stating that, while we cautiously welcome the Bill, the devil will be in the detail and especially in the amount of […] Read More

Agricultural Bill: Is a ‘Green Brexit’ possible?

20 Sep 2018
The first major Agriculture Bill for over 70 years has now been published, promising a cleaner, greener and healthier environment post Brexit Currently farmers receive €4 billion in subsides each year, which is divided up related to the total amount of land farmed. For current subsidies farmers do not need to ‘do’ anything. The new […] Read More

River Itchen pollution: Alresford Salads trial chlorine-free cleaning products

13 Sep 2018
Is the end of chlorine-based cleaning products at Alresford salad washing plant finally in sight? Finally, it appears Alresford salad washing plant is planning to stop using chlorine-based cleaning products. This would mean that there would no longer be any products used to wash the site’s equipment that could react to form chloramines, which are […] Read More

High resolution monitoring is essential for river conservation

07 Sep 2018
This is a re-posting of an original article from Environmental Technology   High Resolution Monitoring on the Itchen Working on behalf of Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC), researchers from the University of Portsmouth have been investigating nutrient concentrations in the Upper River Itchen, in Hampshire, UK, to better understand where phosphorus is coming from and […] Read More

Riverfly Census uncovers rare mayfly species: Brown May Dun

06 Sep 2018
The Brown May Dun (Heptagenia fuscorgrisea) As a result of our species level monitoring of riverfly life as part of our groundbreaking Riverfly Census, the highly elusive brown may dun Heptagenia fuscogrisea has recently been discovered in both the Usk (at Great Hadwick) and the Ribble (at Long Pool). Significant Discovery The rare brown may dun has a […] Read More

S&TC formally notifies EA over River Itchen damage below Alresford Salads

07 Aug 2018
Salmon & Trout Conservation has formally notified (1) the Environment Agency about serious and ongoing damage to the River Itchen, a highly protected Special Area of Conservation (2). S&TC commissioned professional monitoring has exposed extensive decline among important riverfly insects, as confirmed by the Environment Agency’s own data, in an area immediately downstream of Alresford […] Read More

S&TC Cymru partners with other conservation groups to help restore endangered eels

27 Jul 2018
Conservation groups give hope for endangered eels by providing them a new home at Cyfarthfa Park Lake, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales S&TC Cymru and South East Wales Rivers Trust, as joint lead partners for the European eel in the Wales Environment Link (WEL) species champion initiative, have come together with National Resources Wales to help protect critically […] Read More

Dwindling flylife evidences a worrying decline of the River Test

20 Jul 2018
Decline of the River Test The River Test is one of our most famous, if not the most famous, trout river in the country; yet we have significant evidence that it is sadly in decline. Furthermore, we can now point the finger firmly in the direction of  Chilbolton and Fullerton Waste Water Sewage Works; or, […] Read More

Afon Myddyfi – Photo Story

29 Jun 2018
  What is happening on the Myddfyi? The Myddyfi rises from a network of ditches and drains to the north of Salem, in the heart of rural Carmarthenshire, and flows first to the southwest, and then southwards towards Pentrefelin, before joining the Tywi at Cilsan. It appears to enjoy good health along much of its […] Read More

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