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What we do

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.

Who we are

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.

Support us

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 campaigns

Salmon Farming

Salmon Farm Reform

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.

Living Rivers

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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.

Riverfly Census

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

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.

Latest News

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

2018: A year in review

21 December 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 […]

S&TC welcomes England’s NE salmon net closure

18 December 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 […]

Latest data on River Test and River Itchen reveals concerning issues

17 December 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 […]

Why you should go salmon-free this Christmas

11 December 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 […]

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

06 December 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 […]

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Latest News

Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award 2018: Winner announced

16 Oct 2018
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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 […]

River Itchen damage below Alresford Salads: Autumn 2018 photos

15 Oct 2018
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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 […]

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

09 Oct 2018
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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 […]

S&TC joins 100 NGOs in Europe-wide #ProtectWater campaign

09 Oct 2018
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S&TC is one of 100 NGOs[1 ] joining forces across Europe to tackle proposed weakening of EU freshwater protection laws As part of #ProtectWater, we are uniting to launch a campaign […]

Hardy partners with S&TC to help conserve wild fish

08 Oct 2018
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Hardy partners with S&TC Salmon & Trout Conservation are proud to announce an exciting new partnership with leading tackle manufacturer, Hardy. The collaboration will see the two organisations work together […]

Agricultural Bill: Is a ‘Green Brexit’ possible?

20 Sep 2018
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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 […]

Loch Roag Sea Lice: SSPO Defence Falls Flat

19 Sep 2018
Wild Adult Salmon Run Decimated By Sea Lice
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 […]

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. […]

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