Historic News

2011 - 2002

Anglers check their flies for cleaner waters

07 March 2007
“ 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 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 angler-led scheme will simplify how fishing […]

Anglers check their flies for cleaner waters

07 March 2007
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 […]

Feb 5th Bird Flu Update

05 February 2007
H5N1 Avian Influenza in Suffolk: Q&A H5N1 Avian Influenza in Suffolk: Q&A Have you confirmed H5N1 Avian Influenza? Yes. Today highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza was confirmed on a poultry farm near Lowestoft in Suffolk. Tests have also confirmed that the virus is the the Asian H5N1 strain, and similar to the virus recently isolated in Hungary. What was the source of the outbreak? At this time it has not been possible to determine to source of the outbreak. An epidemiological investigation is currently underway to determine this. Is this the same virus as the one which has caused the […]

Wild Trout Trust/S&TA Grand Raffle 2006 – Results

06 December 2006
The WTT/S&TA Grand Raffle 2006, supported by Orvis, has raised £12,500 which will be split between the two charities The WTT/S&TA Grand Raffle 2006, supported by Orvis, has raised £12,500 which will be split between the two charities. We would like to thank everyone that bought tickets or donated prizes, thereby contributing towards raising such a superb sum of money for conservation. For more information, please click here

Salmon & Trout Association applauds brave decision to close the Irish Drift Net Fishery

01 November 2006
The Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) welcomes the Irish Government’s decision to ratify the Irish Salmon Group’s Report recommendation to end all drift netting for salmon off the Republic of Ireland’s coast from 2007 The Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) welcomes the Irish Government’s decision to ratify the Irish Salmon Group’s Report recommendation to end all drift netting for salmon off the Republic of Ireland’s coast from 2007. This is a major and vital step forward in Atlantic salmon conservation. S&TA’s director, Paul Knight, says, “the Irish Government, and in particular, Noel Dempsey T.D., the Minister for Communications, Marine & […]

S&TA HONOURS OUTSTANDING RIVERS PROJECT

06 October 2006
Dr. Dylan Bright, Director of the West Country Rivers Trust was honoured by the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) Dr. Dylan Bright, Director of the West Country Rivers Trust was honoured by the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA), when it presented him with its £4,000 Annual Award for Best Fisheries Project with Environmental Benefits, in recognition of the outstanding work achieved during the Cornwall Rivers Project. S&TA Chairman, James Carr made the presentation at the Awards Dinner during the 15th International Salmonid Conference in Newcastle on Tuesday, October 17th. The Conference, co-sponsored by S&TA and organised by the Association of […]

A CALENDAR? A SUPERB WORK OF ART? OR A REFERENCE BOOK?

06 October 2006
A CALENDAR? A SUPERB WORK OF ART? OR A REFERENCE BOOK? The British Mayflies Calendar 2007 is all three A CALENDAR? A SUPERB WORK OF ART? OR A REFERENCE BOOK? The British Mayflies Calendar 2007 is all three. At the Natural History Museum, London This beautifully produced, limited edition, publication is more than a mere calendar – it is something every keen fly fisher will want to keep well after Auld Lang Syne is sung on 31st December 2007. Photographed by well-known naturalist and entomologist Dr Cyril Bennett, written by Craig Macadam, volunteer coordinator of the Ephemeroptera (Mayfly) Recording Scheme […]

S&TA supports voluntary canoe access agreements

05 October 2006
Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) fully supports the principle of voluntary negotiated agreements. Today (October 3rd) this principle will be championed at the Environment Agency launch of the two-year Brighton University pilot study on the delivery of canoe access Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) fully supports the principle of voluntary negotiated agreements. Today (October 3rd) this principle will be championed at the Environment Agency launch of the two-year Brighton University pilot study on the delivery of canoe access. Anglers are bound by statutory rules and regulations, and it is only right that voluntary canoe access agreements carry the same level […]

How Good is your river?

05 October 2006
The Riverfly Partnership announces the 2nd Riverfly Conference, which heralds the national launch of the Anglers Monitoring Initiative HOW GOOD IS YOUR RIVER? 2nd Riverfly Conference, 8 March 2007 At the Natural History Museum, London The Riverfly Partnership announces the 2nd Riverfly Conference, which heralds the national launch of the Anglers Monitoring Initiative. Endorsed by the Environment Agency and the Salmon & Trout Association, the initiative enables angling groups to monitor riverfly populations and highlight severe changes in the water quality of their rivers. Jeremy Paxman will chair a panel discussion, taking questions from the floor. The conference programme will […]

Wild salmon ravaged by fish farm infections

01 October 2006
New study shows devastating impact of sea lice from salmon farms on wild salmon stocks New study shows devastating impact of sea lice from salmon farms on wild salmon stocks. S&TA comment in October 1st Sunday Times story The Sunday Time Artical – The Times Website

New Parliamentary Angling Group Formed

28 August 2006
Britain’s 3.5 million anglers now have a cross-party group in Parliament looking out for theinterests of coarse, sea and game anglers. This week Britain’s 3.5 million anglers now have a cross-party group in Parliament looking out for the interests of coarse, sea and game anglers. This week a new All Party Parliamentary Groups on Angling was launched in Westminster and Reading west MP Martin Salter (Lab) was elected Chairman with Baroness Lin Golding (Lab) as Secretary. Newly elected Conservative MPs Charles Walker (Broxbourne) and Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead) will serve as Vice-Chair and Treasurer. The Labour Peer Lord Williams will […]

S&TA demands action against thugs

23 August 2006
The Fisheries & Angling Conservation Trust (FACT), is very concerned by the report that a gang of masked animal rights activists The Fisheries & Angling Conservation Trust (FACT), the national umbrella organisation for fisheries conservation and angling, is very concerned by the report that a gang of masked animal rights activists attacked a group of anglers enjoying a days fishing at a fishery in Lancashire. In particular FACT deplores the alleged criminal damage and assault on anglers, which has no place in society let alone at a fishery where people are enjoying a peaceful day out. The Trust understands that […]

Our line on aquatic conservation

13 August 2006
Letter to the Editor Published in Financial Times Weekend Letter to the EditorPublished in Financial Times Weekend Sir, With reference to Richard Donkin’s article in the FT Weekend (August 5th/6th – Do Fish Feel Pain?). Common sense suggests that the sensory perception in fish is totally different from higher animals; a diet of spiny fishes and crustaceans, many with sharply edged shells and pincers, would make our human eyes water, whereas fish have evolved to feed avidly on sticklebacks, perch, crayfish and snails, without any harm befalling them. Recent Environment Agency surveys have shown that 4 million people fish each […]

S&TA Raises Deep Concern On Funding Cuts With Minister

26 July 2006
The Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) is concerned and angry at the Grant-in-Aid cut of £400,000 Association slates decision that jeopardises revived salmon runs The Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) is concerned and angry at the Grant-in-Aid cut of £400,000 to the Environment Agency’s Fisheries Department, recently announced, and has raised this with Ben Bradshaw, the Environment Minister, as a matter of urgency. “The EA Fisheries Department funding cuts are twice that of other departments within the EA this year,” Paul Knight, S&TA Executive Director, declares, “and come on top of swingeing cuts made in previous years. There is a […]

Outbreak of Bacterial Kidney Disease in fish

19 June 2006
The presence of Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD) has been confirmed in a trout farm in Devon. Defra has issued an Order under the Diseases of Fish Act 1937, prohibiting all movements of fish The presence of Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD) has been confirmed in a trout farm in Devon. Defra has issued an Order under the Diseases of Fish Act 1937, prohibiting all movements of fish to and from the infected Fish Farm and Fishery. The disease was found in a trout sample during a routine fish health-monitoring visit to the farm. Fish Health Inspectors are currently examining the source […]

VIRAL HAEMORRHAGIC SEPTICAEMIA UPDATE –

19 June 2006
The National Control Centre at the Cefas Weymouth Laboratory has confirmed that viral haemorrhagic septicaemia (VHS) virus had been detected in a sample of grayling The National Control Centre at the Cefas Weymouth Laboratory has confirmed that viral haemorrhagic septicaemia (VHS) virus had been detected in a sample of grayling taken from the River Nidd below the outlet of the farm infected with the disease. The infected fish showed no clinical signs of the disease. The discovery was made through comprehensive sampling. Cefas is continuing to test wild fish in the river, both below and above the infected farm to […]

NASCO throws Lifeline to Western Atlantic Salmon!

13 June 2006
The Irish Republic has given a commitment to abide by scientific advice and only fish commercially for salmon stocks which are above The Irish Republic has given a commitment to abide by scientific advice and only fish commercially for salmon stocks which are above their conservation limit and targeted in estuaries and rivers. The new policy will start in 2007, so closing the damaging Irish coastal drift net fishery. This statement was given by Alan Gray, Head of the EU Delegation at the annual meeting of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO), held in Saariselka, Lapland (Northern Finland) on […]

Scottish Angling has a new champion

08 June 2006
The SCA Educational Trust, in partnership with angling’s governing bodies in Scotland, has appointed former Scottish U19 rugby international Ian Robertson as Manager of the Scottish National Angling Programme The SCA Educational Trust, in partnership with angling’s governing bodies in Scotland, has appointed former Scottish U19 rugby international Ian Robertson as Manager of the Scottish National Angling Programme (SNAP) with the overall aim of ‘bringing angling and its benefits into the centre of Scottish life’. Ian has already started working prior to taking up the full time post in September 2006. Ian Roberston has a lifelong involvement in all forms […]

Asks Minister for Compensation to Fish Farmers in VHS Outbreak

02 June 2006
Fisheries and Angling Conservation Trust Ltd (FACT) has written to David Miliband Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Fisheries and Angling Conservation Trust Ltd (FACT) has written to David Miliband Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs asking that he reconsider the position of fish farmers, subject to mandatory fish slaughters in the event of disease outbreaks, being denied compensation for their stock, after the recent discovery of Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia, VHS, in trout stocks in Yorkshire. There are no measures in place to provide compensation to fish farmers in the event of […]

Salmon and Trout Association challenges NFU Scotland on sheep dip risk

31 May 2006
Britain’s leading game angling organisation, the Salmon and Trout Association, has denounced the National Farmers Union of Scotland Britain’s leading game angling organisation, the Salmon and Trout Association, has denounced the National Farmers Union of Scotland (NFUS) for downplaying the impact of Cypermethrin sheep dip on the country’s watercourses. NFUS is calling for the ban on the sale of Cypermethrin, which was imposed throughout the UK by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate in February, to be lifted in Scotland. In recent press reports the chairman of NFUS’s livestock committee has stated that Scotland has a “sound track record” in the use […]

SHEEP DIP – The Silent Killer

31 May 2006
Fisheries and Angling Conservation Trust Ltd (FACT) has written to David Miliband Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs S&TA demands immediate ban of lethal treatment as aquatic pollution reaches highest ever levels Embargoed until Monday, July 18 2005 The future of flyfishing in vast parts of the country is at risk from the use of synthetic pyrethroid sheep dips. The health concerning organophosphate (op) dips led to the approval and use of what was billed as the safe alternative: synthetic pyrethroid (sp) dips. Both kill off sheep parasites such as sheep scab, blowfly, ticks and lice. […]

New Chairman for Salmon & Trout Association

23 May 2006
James Carr is the new Chairman of the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA). He takes over from Tony Bird, who served as Chairman for James Carr is the new Chairman of the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA). He takes over from Tony Bird, who served as Chairman for the past six years. Previously one of S&TA’s Vice Chairmen and a senior figure for many years in the north, his special vision is to create a united NGO voice to influence the vital angling and fisheries issues of the day, particularly over the management and conservation of the aquatic environment, by […]

Canoists demand access to all rivers

14 December 2005
The Fisheries and Angling Conservation Trustis calling upon MPs to support the principle of Voluntary Access Agreements to address the recent demand by canoeists The Fisheries and Angling Conservation Trust (FACT) is calling upon MPs to support the principle of Voluntary Access Agreements to address the recent demand by canoeists for free access to English and Welsh waterways for all water users. FACT is working closely with Martin Salter MP (Parliamentary Spokesman for Angling) who has tabled an amendment to the original Early Day Motion (EDM 957), which urges Government to extend legislation on access to the countryside to allow […]

Association backs MP’s call for review of funding decision

08 February 2005
The Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) as members of the JAGB has today, backed Martin Salter MP’s call for a review of the Sport England funding The Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) as members of the JAGB (Joint Angling Governing Bodies) has today, February 8, backed Martin Salter MP’s call for a review of the Sport England funding allocation for angling over the next four years. The £740,000 allocation, while representing a 37% increase over the previous period, nonetheless falls far short of both expectation and requirement. “This funding takes no account of the rod licence revenues generated from anglers, […]

Yes Minister

08 February 2005
Members of Fisheries and Angling Conservation Trust, FACT, were joined by representatives of other national angling and Members of Fisheries and Angling Conservation Trust, FACT, were joined by representatives of other national angling and fishery organisations at the fourth Angling Summit with Ben Bradshaw, Fisheries Minister, and Martin Salter MP, on Wednesday 2nd February at Portcullis House. The one-day meeting was hosted by Martin Salter MP, the Government’s angling liaison officer, and it included almost one hour of face-to-face discussions with Ben Bradshaw, the Fisheries Minister. The highlight of the meeting was the unprecedented invitation the Minister extended to the […]

Joint Angling Governing Bodies (JAGB)

18 January 2005
The Joint Angling Governing Bodies (JAGB), supported by Sport England and the Environment Agency, is holding a one-day conference on Saturday 19th March WHY AREN’T THERE MORE WOMEN ANGLERS? The Joint Angling Governing Bodies aim to find out: The Joint Angling Governing Bodies (JAGB), supported by Sport England and the Environment Agency, is holding a one-day conference on Saturday 19th March at the Sport England National Watersports Centre in Nottingham to answer the question “How do we get more women and girls into angling?” Chaired by well-known fly-fisher Anne Champion, the purpose of this conference is to give the attendees […]

Cormorants Destroy Danish Salmon and Eels

05 January 2005
Fisheries and angling organisations in the U.K. express grave concern over the results of recent Danish research Cormorants, RSPB back off judicial review. Fisheries and angling organisations in the U.K. express grave concern over the results of recent Danish research, which show very high losses of both salmon smolts and eels to cormorants in parts of Denmark. The work carried out by scientists working in the Ringkøbing Fjord area shows that cormorants are eating over half the available salmon smolts, and eels, in the area and suggests that the true level of predation may be as high as 93%. Given […]

The Moran Committee

04 January 2005
The Moran Committee has learned that the RSPB has finally decided not to pursue a judicial review of the new policy regarding the control of cormorants Cormorants, RSPB back off judicial review. The Moran Committee has learned that the RSPB has finally decided not to pursue a judicial review of the new policy regarding the control of cormorants announced by Defra Minister, Ben Bradshaw in September 2004. However, the RSPB have apparently stated their intention to use the new Freedom of Information Act to obtain details of all applications to shoot cormorants under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, and if […]

Salmon Farming Improvements Needed

08 December 2004
Jamie Oliver’s television advertising endorsement of Sainsbury’s Farmed Salmon once agin draws attention to issues surrounding the aquaculture industry and its impact on wild salmon and sea trout. Jamie Oliver’s television advertising endorsement of Sainsbury’s Farmed Salmon once agin draws attention to issues surrounding the aquaculture industry and its impact on wild salmon and sea trout. Salmon farming has been blamed for the collapse of many sea trout populations on the west coast of Scotland, and for years of poor salmon runs. Sea lice populations, built up by the unnaturally large stocks of farmed salmon in sea cages, transfer to […]

A Royal Commission has recommended that fishing should be banned in a third of UK waters to save threatened species

08 December 2004
It is hard to imagine that we should tolerate a similar scale of destruction on land but, because it happens at sea, the damage is largely hidden It is hard to imagine that we should tolerate a similar scale of destruction on land but, because it happens at sea, the damage is largely hidden” SIR TOM BLUNDELL, CHAIRMAN OF THE ROYAL COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION

Anglers Welcome Water and Sewage Improvements

02 December 2004
Paul Knight, Director of the Salmon & Trout Association says, “An 18% price rise, ironically, is very good news for all consumers. Paul Knight, Director of the Salmon & Trout Association says, “An 18% price rise, ironically, is very good news for all consumers. The rise is necessary to provide essential and much needed upgrades to water and sewage infrastructure. Another benefit is these works will put an end to thousands of regular sewage ‘overflows’ into rivers and coastal waters.” “This decision is good news for anglers, who contribute over 3.5 billion annually to the UK economy in rural and […]

Landmark Decision reinforces ” Polluter Pays” concept

11 November 2004
“A happy day for the aquatic environment in the UK” says The Salmon & Trout Association. “A happy day for the aquatic environment in the UK” says The Salmon & Trout Association. Elliot Morley, Secretary of State for the Environment, has now ruled that major watercress producer and distributor, Hampshire-based Vitacress, must fund an Independent Environmental Assessment before expanding its plant and washing facilities, which directly affect the Bourne River. At present there is an almost total lack of river invertebrates – essential ingredients in the aquatic food chain – in the Bourne outlet channel used by Vitacress to dispose […]

Latest News on Bourne Rivulet

10 November 2004
The Secretary of State, Elliot Morely, communicated that he needed more time to review the issue. The Secretary of State, Elliot Morely, communicated that he needed more time to review the issue. We are expecting a decision by Wednesday, November 10, 2004.

Watercress: good for you – bad for the environment?

29 October 2004
The Secretary of State for the Environment, Elliot Morley, will deliver a direction on a local planning matter on Wednesday 3 November that could have far-reaching consequences for the way in which the UK prepares to meet the EU’s Water Framework Directive. November test case raises profound implications for the health of all of Britain’s rivers The Secretary of State for the Environment, Elliot Morley, will deliver a direction on a local planning matter on Wednesday 3 November that could have far-reaching consequences for the way in which the UK prepares to meet the EU’s Water Framework Directive. Castigated in […]

STARK MESSAGE FROM S&TA NATIONAL RIVER FLY SURVEY

12 October 2004
First ever national survey shows dramatic decline in river fly numbers across the country. Urgent action is needed now. First ever national survey shows dramatic decline in river fly numbers across the country. Urgent action is needed now. The Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) National River Fly Survey results demonstrate that there has been a dramatic decline in river fly numbers from the 1950s to 2001. Peter Hayes, the Survey co-ordinator, explains that, “River flies are the miner’s canary of environmental quality. They have been declining at a tremendous rate. While there are indications that the Government and its agencies […]

WHAT PRICE CLEAN WATER? THE STAKES RISE EVER HIGHER

06 October 2004
The Salmon & Trout Association calls for action as it warns of stark choices for consumers – and the end of cheap water as EU sets timetable for clean-up of British rivers The Salmon & Trout Association calls for action as it warns of stark choices for consumers – and the end of cheap water as EU sets timetable for clean-up of British rivers The Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) is deeply concerned that the government’s go-ahead for water companies to include environmental improvements in their workplans is too little, too late – and penalises the innocent. The EU Water […]

Anglers welcome responsible management of Cormorants!

16 September 2004
The Moran Committee welcomes the announcement by Fisheries and Conservation Minister, Ben Bradshaw, on the relaxation of the licence application process for shooting cormorants. The Moran Committee welcomes the announcement by Fisheries and Conservation Minister, Ben Bradshaw, on the relaxation of the licence application process for shooting cormorants. Cormorant numbers hunting inland have increased dramatically over the past three decades, and it is now widely accepted that they can cause significant damage to fish stocks and fisheries. Currently, some 23,000 birds over-winter in Great Britain, with perhaps 17,000 being present in England. Defra has been conducting a review of the […]

S&TA letter published in The Times

30 August 2004
Sir, Anglers are not calling for a cull of swans, not are they “on the warpath” (report, August 23). What anglers are doing is calling attention to the deterioration of protected conservation habitats of chalk streams brought on by many contributing factors, Sir, Anglers are not calling for a cull of swans, not are they “on the warpath” (report, August 23). What anglers are doing is calling attention to the deterioration of protected conservation habitats of chalk streams brought on by many contributing factors, including the removal of unsustainable amounts of water for drinking and irrigation purposes, and pollution from […]

S&TA Letter Published in The Daily Telegraph

07 August 2004
Sir – Neil Collins makes valid points about the use of drift nets round the coast of Ireland for catching salmon (Opinion, Aug 5). The Irish drift nets are a deplorable way to manage an Atlantic salmon stock destined for rivers throughout Europe Sir – Neil Collins makes valid points about the use of drift nets round the coast of Ireland for catching salmon (Opinion, Aug 5). The Irish drift nets are a deplorable way to manage an Atlantic salmon stock destined for rivers throughout Europe, especially since salmon are designated a threatened species under the European habitats directive. As […]

Water and Sewage companies are country’s top polluters:

06 August 2004
The day after newspapers reported untreated sewage killing tens of thousands of fish on the Thames, Ofwat proudly announced it was intending to raise water prices by just 13% The day after newspapers reported untreated sewage killing tens of thousands of fish on the Thames, Ofwat proudly announced it was intending to raise water prices by just 13% over the next five years. Watervoice, the Ofwat funded consumer group, called the increase “far better than we had expected… or feared.” “These congratulatory notes show how out of touch Ofwat and Watervoice are, when the water industry is consistently a top […]

Thames Fish Kill Tragedy as Problems Continue with London’s Sewage System

04 August 2004
While Londoners have heard that the Thames is cleaner, many are still hesitant to go and join the fish for a swim, and quite rightly so, as just last night thousands of fish died While Londoners have heard that the Thames is cleaner, many are still hesitant to go and join the fish for a swim, and quite rightly so, as just last night thousands of fish died. The Environment Agency reports that yesterday’s storm caused the death of thousands of adult fish and young fry when more than 600,000 tonnes of untreated sewage and urban run-off (storm sewage) overflowed […]

S&TA Only Angling Body to Join Government Review of Water Price Increase

04 August 2004
Defra has invited the Salmon & Trout Association to join the RIA (Regulatory Impact Assessment) Stakeholders’ Group Defra has invited the Salmon & Trout Association to join the RIA (Regulatory Impact Assessment) Stakeholders’ Group in its wide-ranging review of water prices and resources allocation. The S&TA, as a leading member of the Moran Committee, is the only body representing angling and fishery interests within this influential and opinion-forming Group. “Fish are the obvious litmus test to the health of a catchment and for at least a hundred and fifty years angling has funded fishery managers to maintain and improve aquatic […]

S&TA discusses Fish Stocking controversy with Heads of EA Fisheries

29 June 2004
S&TA discussed with top Environment Agency (EA) staff the Association’s serious concerns that the EA’s implementation of the Trout & Grayling Strategy Paul Knight, Director of S&TA, met with Dr Dafydd Evans, Head of the Environment Agency’s Fisheries Department and Dr Guy Mawle, EA Fisheries Strategist) on the banks of the River Test. The problem is that the EA has given whole river systems the “Native” trout waters designation without local consultation. According to the EA Trout & Grayling Strategy, that classification could restrict stocking, even in areas that had been stocked previously. In the consultation for this Strategy, S&TA […]

Open Letter to the Green Party

18 June 2004
The Salmon & Trout Association is disappointed to learn that the Green Party representing England and Wales declares itself opposed to angling Chair of Executive Hugo Charltonv Green Party 1a Waterlow Road, London N19 5NJ Dear Mr Charlton, The Salmon & Trout Association is disappointed to learn that the Green Party representing England and Wales declares itself opposed to angling, and “will promote the voluntary cessation of the sport through public education” (Policy AR412). We write to urge the Green Party to develop supportive positions towards angling, and recognize its immense environmental, economic and social benefits. While the Party’s positions […]

NGOs stimulate review for future of international salmon management

14 June 2004
During its twenty first annual meeting, at Reykyavik, Iceland from June 7 to 11, the Council of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) agreed to establish a working party to re-evaluate its future role During its twenty first annual meeting, at Reykyavik, Iceland from June 7 to 11, the Council of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) agreed to establish a working party to re-evaluate its future role in the management and conservation of wild Atlantic salmon. This was stimulated by ‘NASCO’s Future, A Vision Statement,’ (Wilfred Carter, Bjornulf Kristiansen, Chris Poupard, Andrew A Rosenberg), a document sponsored […]

While Salmon Still Run: S&TA Calls for an End to the Irish Drift Net Fishery

14 June 2004
At the recent NASCO (North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation) conference, the NGO’s put forth their concerns about the Irish Republic’s Drift Net Fishery At the recent NASCO (North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation) conference, the NGO’s put forth their concerns about the Irish Republic’s Drift Net Fishery. In support, the Salmon & Trout Association states it is time for the Republic of Ireland to bring a voluntary end to drift net fishing off the coast of the Irish Republic. Compensation needs to be paid to net licensees through public partnerships with private interests. This action will help protect seriously declining Atlantic […]

NASCO & the Future for Salmon

07 June 2004
S&TA proposes for the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) to widen its mandate and include all the issues affecting salmon survival, both in freshwater and the marine environment S&TA proposes for the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) to widen its mandate and include all the issues affecting salmon survival, both in freshwater and the marine environment. The S&TA is a leading Non-Governmental Organisation in NASCO, and the S&TA Director, Paul Knight, is addressing members concerns about the dramatic and serious decline of the Atlantic Salmon at the NASCO conference in Reykjavik, Iceland from June 7th-11th. The Non-Governmental Organisations […]

All you’ve ever wanted to know when starting to flyfish

29 May 2004
The Salmon & Trout Association – Surrey Branch – launches its “Flyfishing for Trout and Grayling – an introductory handbook” The Salmon & Trout Association – Surrey Branch – launches its “Flyfishing for Trout and Grayling – an introductory handbook”. Written and designed by angling experts Sue Parker (STANIC) and Pat O’Reilly (APGAI), its aim is to help demystify and to assist the beginner (although anglers of many years experience will also find this extremely useful!). It covers all essential topics from Safety to Permits, from Flies and Basic Angling Entomology to Knots and Casting. The text is written in […]

The Swale is in a Wonderful State

29 December 2003
“It is cold and frosty, with lots of wildlife and plenty of grayling,” says the Salmon & Trout Association part-time field officer Keith Mason. “It is cold and frosty, with lots of wildlife and plenty of grayling,” says the Salmon & Trout Association part-time field officer Keith Mason. He was out fishing for grayling yesterday on one of England’s fastest flowing rivers. The great state of wildlife and fishing on the Swale yesterday is a result of the extensive regeneration work the Salmon & Trout Association Swaledale and Wensleydale Branch led from 1997 to 2002. The River needed work because […]

Angling Summit Today with Fisheries Minister, Ben Bradshaw and Martin Salter MP

29 November 2003
The Fisheries Minister will attend for an open discussion session with the Salmon & Trout Association and the main angling organisations. The Fisheries Minister will attend for an open discussion session with the Salmon & Trout Association and the main angling organisations. Thereafter, the Angling Summit will be led by Martin Salter. Angling Summit agenda items include:   •Cormorants & Otter Predation   •Progress on Angling Charter   •Canoe Access   •Urban Fisheries Funding   •Angling Coaching Schemes   •National Angling Governance   •Environment Agency Fisheries Work Following BRITE The Salmon & Trout Association played a major role in organising […]