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We use science to drive changes to water policy; improving the condition of our rivers and supporting 'nature's hatchery' of wild fish.

We turn evidence into action through our three core projects

Learn more about SmartRivers, Salmon Farm Reform and Water Action.

We have been defending wild fish for over 100 years

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Without generous supporters we would not exist

We need your support to continue protecting our wild fish and their home rivers.

Latest Updates

S&TC Special Offer – Lime Wood

17 November 2020
If you are looking forward to brighter times ahead – and aren’t we all? – Lime Wood, the luxury boutique country house hotel, is offering a marvellous “get away from it all” package for four couples for 24 blissful hours. Planning a special birthday? An anniversary? Or would you like to celebrate with good friends? […]

Severn Trent to adopt SmartRivers

11 November 2020
SmartRivers welcomes its first water company hosted volunteer hub We are pleased to announce that Severn Trent is the first water company to enrol into the SmartRivers programme. SmartRivers is the volunteer arm of the Riverfly Census, where invertebrates are sampled and analysed to species-level. The species lists are then used to calculate biometrics that […]

Sea lice rampant on salmon farms

02 November 2020
Shocking photos show sea lice rampant on salmon farms in Scotland Shocking footage passed to Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland reveals horrendous sea lice parasite problems currently occurring on salmon farms in Argyll & Bute, Skye and the Outer Hebrides. The appalling conditions documented on Vacasay salmon farm on the Isle of Lewis in September […]

Don’t just take our word for it

30 October 2020
The Salmon Interactions Working Group proposals to protect wild salmon and sea trout will not work. But don’t just take our word for it….. The Salmon Interactions Working Group (SIWG), which includes Fisheries Management Scotland (FMS), has proposed a system of adaptive management, through the sampling of sea trout in sea lochs by netting, “to […]

Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill

15 October 2020
Philip Dunne MP launches new Bill to tackle river pollution Salmon & Trout Conservation warmly welcomes the introduction of the Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill, aimed at tackling the unacceptable levels of raw sewage being discharged into our rivers and streams. Rt. Hon Philip Dunne MP for Ludlow has published his Private Member’s Bill designed to […]

It’s the perfume that you notice first.

15 October 2020
“If we can’t conserve the most protected, how can we ever conserve the rest?” Feargal Sharkey, recently appointed a Salmon & Trout Conservation Vice President writes, It’s the perfume that you notice first. Not in that pleasingly attractive CHANEL N° 5 kind of a way but more in that acrid, back of the throat, ammonia […]

SNH and EA formally notified of threat of environmental damage from escaped farmed salmon

13 October 2020
Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC) formally notifies NatureScot (formerly SNH) and the Environment Agency of threat of environmental damage to protected wild salmon SACs following the recent major escape of farmed salmon off the Mull of Kintyre https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-53913708 Following the major escape from a salmon farm off the east side of the Mull of Kintyre […]

Time for bespoke regulatory targets for all chalkstreams

13 October 2020
Chalkstreams are as internationally rare and ecologically important as coral reefs or rainforests, and 85% of the world’s chalkstreams are found in England. With this comes a responsibility to protect them, something at the moment we are failing to deliver, with evidence of many stretches running dry, whilst others are clogged with nuisance algae and huge […]

SmartRivers developments and achievements during lockdown

02 October 2020
As with everything right now, SmartRivers (the volunteer arm of the Riverfly Census) is navigating its way through the ‘new normal’. However, despite restrictions forcing us to postpone travelling and training courses this year, lockdown gave us the time to make SmartRivers even smarter.   SmartRivers – now an IFM certified course We are delighted […]

Not just another escape

01 October 2020
As a moderate late summer storm abated, rumours that one of Mowi’s salmon farms between the Mull of Kintyre and Arran was in trouble were confirmed by a statement from the company: “On August 20, 2020, Mowi’s salmon farm at Carradale North, consisting of 10 circular net pens containing 550,000 salmon (at 4.2kgs), shifted position […]

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