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 has now been working for one hundred years to safeguard the salmon and trout fisheries of the UK. It was in 1903 that a small group of men met in Fishmongers’ Hall to resolve that “in view of the decadence of many salmon rivers, an Association be formed called the Salmon and Trout Association, the principle objects of which shall be to improve the Salmon & Trout Fisheries of the United Kingdom…”
The threats to our salmon and trout fisheries are far more complex today than back in 1903: abstraction, drift netting, aquaculture and predation to name but a few. But the Association has responded to these changes and from an initial membership of less than 100 of the privileged few, this has now grown to more than 100,000, open to all, with 42 county Branches. The Association now also has professional staff based in London and Scotland and a permanent lobbying representative in Brussels. Our views are respected and sought by Government and its agencies. Looking to the future, the Association will focus on the promotion of integrated catchment management for our rivers, especially in light of the recent Habitats and Water Framework Directives. We will also continue to build on our education initiatives which are responsible for introducing more than 2,000 anglers of all ages to fly fishing each year.
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