Anglers are set to become a key part of protecting Britain’s rivers from decline. Launching tomorrow at the Natural History Museum, the Anglers Monitoring Initiative will provide a three-minute health check for our waterways by training anglers to use riverflies as a barometer for water quality.
The Atlantic Salmon Trust is holding an international conference on “Freshwater habitat management for salmonid fisheries” in
September which fisheries managers, scientists and anyone with an interest in the subject are invited to attend. The meeting
is to be held at the University of Southampton on September 18-21, and is being organised jointly with the University and the
Game Conservancy Trust as part of the AST 40th anniversary programme.
The main aim of the meeting is to review freshwater habitat management techniques to identify those which have worked and those
that need further investigation. Review papers will be presented by leading experts from the UK, Europe and North America, but
there is also time and space allocated for presentations and posters on case studies and specific techniques. Two field trips
are planned as an integral part of the conference, to view management work on the contrasting chalk streams and New Forest sea
trout streams. These will include riverbank visits to the Leckford Estate on the Test and Heale House on the Avon, sites not
normally accessible to the public.
In addition to presented papers there will be poster displays and trade stands, and an active social programme. The papers
presented at the conference will be published in book form, and all delegates will receive a copy.
Due to generous sponsorship of the event (including a contribution from the Salmon and Trout Association) the organisers are
able to offer a discounted rate for bookings made before June 1.
Full details and booking forms are available from the conference website (www.salmonidhabitat.com) or from Dr Nick Sotherton,
Game Conservancy Trust, Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 1EF.