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Wild fish need protection and healthy habitats. Join the UK's only independent charity campaigning nationally to achieve this.

Our vision at Salmon & Trout Conservation is a sustainable water environment which supports an abundance of wild fish.

Why does this matter? And how do we use science and lobbying to protect salmon & trout? Find out more about the problems we are researching and the actions we are taking for the UK's wild fish.

We have been defending salmon & trout in the UK since 1903, but our campaigns have never been more urgent or so important.

We have evolved over 115 years into a leading conservation charity - the only one in the UK campaigning specifically for wild fish. Find out more about our heritage, our beliefs, who we work with, and how we operate.

We are independent and receive no government money. Without generous supporters we would not exist.

There are a range of ways individuals and businesses can get involved in the on-going protection of the UK's wild fish. Find out more about why we need your support more than ever and the many ways you can help.

Our Latest Updates

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

19 April 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 […]

International Year of the Salmon – Our annual seminar in Wales

17 April 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 […]

Local myth-busting with the Riverfly Census Conclusions

02 April 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

06 March 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 […]

Septic tanks – the UK’s secret sewage problem

18 February 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 […]

We fight for healthy ecosystems & fish protection

Protection during their migration

Open-net pen salmon farming is devastating wild fish stocks and harming the environment in Scotland.

Sea lice, disease and many more issues plague salmon farming. We have secured TWO parliamentary inquiries and continue to push for much needed legislative change.

Water Quality & Quantity

Only 14% of rivers in England have 'good' ecological status, with water quality and quantity declining rapidly.

We lead the fight to protect wild fish habitats from the many threats they face; including  sewage, agricultural pollution, micro-plastics, abstraction and, sadly, much more.

Pinpointing the pressures

Riverfly insects have declined 59% since 1970, indicating poor water quality & an unstable food chain.

With your help we survey riverfly insects nationwide to understand what’s really happening beneath the surface, using the data to campaign for better protection of our wild fish.

We rely on your support to protect wild fish and the places they live.

By donating or joining as a member you will be making a huge contribution to the fight to protect the UK's waters and ensure a sustainable future for wild fish.