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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 nor 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

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

liveing-rivers

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

riverfly-census

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.

#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 […]

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

27 November 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, […]

Suffering salmon: A temperature-gauge for our worryingly low water-flow

26 November 2018
By our Head of Science and Policy, Dr Janina Gray. The original article was written for Countryside and Wildlife Link. What would a third dry winter mean for wildlife and habitats? Worryingly low water flows are of major concern to much wildlife, particularly salmon which rely on flowing rivers to travel to estuaries to spawn. […]

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

26 November 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 […]

S&TC Cymru welcomes new agricultural pollution regulations

19 November 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. The […]

“Organic” farmed salmon – let’s get real

12 November 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 […]

Salmon farming industry blames wild fish for sea lice infestations

30 October 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 […]

Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award 2018: Winner announced

16 October 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 […]

River Itchen damage below Alresford Salads: Autumn 2018 photos

15 October 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 […]

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

09 October 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 […]

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Salmon & Trout Conservation
Salmon & Trout Conservation
Funding of £80m+ has been earmarked for agri-environmental measures in Wales.

“It will help the industry face the upcoming challenges of Brexit alongside the immediate and ongoing problems associated with agriculture pollution”
http://ow.ly/1vuV30mVoIz
#AgriculturalPollution
Salmon & Trout Conservation
Salmon & Trout Conservation
"The modification of land for farming and building cities is favouring the same species everywhere"

Sadly familiar. The more we modify, take, pollute... the more we mess with migratory passage, food chains, spawning grounds, lifecycles & health of fish

http://ow.ly/70Ur30mSl7w

Funding of £80m+ has been earmarked for agri-environmental measures in Wales.

“It will help the industry face the upcoming challenges of Brexit alongside the immediate and ongoing problems associated with agriculture pollution”
https://t.co/zVZbOIKwFw
#AgriculturalPollution

"The modification of land for farming and building cities is favouring the same species everywhere"

Sadly familiar. The more we modify, take, pollute... the more we mess with migratory passage, food chains, spawning grounds, lifecycles & health of fish

https://t.co/epkUuoYsyT

Great success for the #ProtectWater campaign! But the battle is far from over. We still need more signatures to keep our water laws strong! Use our simple form to ACT NOW and help us #PotectWater.
👀 Article: https://t.co/Npus7KcPYc
✍️ Action: https://t.co/yS4KED1SY2

Wales: A number of proposals are being developed to help ensure a sustainable and long term balance between the volume of commercial canoe use that happens at peak times, with other activities such as angling, land management and nature conservation. https://t.co/TO8lGtEMK3

Latest News

Riverfly Census uncovers rare mayfly species: Brown May Dun

06 Sep 2018
brown may dun
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 […]

Wild Adult Salmon Run Decimated By Sea Lice

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

Plastic Rivers

31 Aug 2018
plastic rivers
Plastic Rivers: An overlooked but essential element of the global plastic problem We are all familiar with the shocking plastic-related headlines and imagery that has filled our media channels over […]

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

20 Aug 2018
salmon escape
  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 […]

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

16 Aug 2018
S&TCS FOI Requests
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 […]

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

07 Aug 2018
Scottish salmon farming expansion
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 […]

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

07 Aug 2018
river itchen damage below alresford salads
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 […]

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

27 Jul 2018
eels
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 […]

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