Historic News

2011 - 2002

Rising or Falling Waters? Who are you going to call?

29 November 2003
The Environment Agency operates an automated water levels phone line for rivers south of the Scottish border down to the Humber. The Environment Agency operates an automated water levels phone line for rivers south of the Scottish border down to the Humber. It states the height of each major river and whether the river is rising or falling. Updated every day at 6 am. Call the EA River Phone Line at 090 6619 7722.

“Free” Catch and Release Video

29 November 2003
The Environment Agency (EA), is offering a “free” 18 minute video on good Catch and Release handling practice. The Environment Agency (EA), is offering a “free” 18 minute video on good Catch and Release handling practice. Call the EA at 01454 624411 to order. A leaflet is also available. Consider this video a production of your rod licence fees. As producer you might as well get your own private viewing at home this winter. The Salmon & Trout Association is fighting for voluntary local restrictions on retaining fish. It makes all the difference for the fishing experience if a fish […]

SUCCESS BREEDS SUCCESS – AND CONTROVERSY

29 November 2003
Minister calls for review in new feather v fin debate Minister calls for review in new feather v fin debate Cormorants are an outstanding success story. At a point of such critical decline in the 70s that they were placed on the protected species list, there is now a winter population of over 23,000 in the UK alone – and that’s the problem. Their food is fish – including endangered species such as salmon, bullheads, lampreys and eels. Cormorant flocks congregate at river bottlenecks during salmon and smolt migrations and can annihilate whole runs of fish. Such is the concern […]

Chairman Tony Bird Quoted in Financial Times

29 November 2003
Give your comments, suggestions and feedback on how the Environment Agency (EA) is working (or not!) to meet the needs of anglers and fishery managers. Give your comments, suggestions and feedback on how the Environment Agency (EA) is working (or not!) to meet the needs of anglers and fishery managers. The Salmon & Trout Association will discuss your views with Baroness Barbara Young, Chief Executive of the EA, in early February 2004. Voice your views by filling out this questionnaire! Return to louise1@salmon-trout.org or by post to the Salmon & Trout Association Fishmonger’s Hall London Bridge E34R 9EL, or by […]

Have Your Say on the EA!

29 November 2003
Give your comments, suggestions and feedback on how the Environment Agency (EA) is working (or not!) to meet the needs of anglers and fishery managers. Give your comments, suggestions and feedback on how the Environment Agency (EA) is working (or not!) to meet the needs of anglers and fishery managers. The Salmon & Trout Association will discuss your views with Baroness Barbara Young, Chief Executive of the EA, in early February 2004. Voice your views by filling out this questionnaire! Return to louise1@salmon-trout.org or by post to the Salmon & Trout Association Fishmonger’s Hall London Bridge E34R 9EL, or by […]

Keep the National Fly Life Questionnaires Coming In! Questionnaire Completion Date Extended to Friday, Dec. 5 Due to Postal Strike

29 November 2003
Excellent Reports on Fly Life in the UK Rivers Received from Salmon & Trout Association Members and Others. Excellent Reports on Fly Life in the UK Rivers Received from Salmon & Trout Association Members and Others. Anglers, Keepers, Owners and Club Officials are sharing their observations on abundance (or lack of abundance) of fly life on the rivers they are familiar with. All responses are important, whether an angler has 30 years of observations or 2 years of observations. A greater number of thoughtfully completed questionnaires received will help to make the results that much stronger. To date we have […]

The Duke of Northumberland to become President of the Salmon & Trout Association

29 October 2003
The Salmon & Trout Association is pleased to announce that the Duke of Northumberland has agreed to become its new President. The Salmon & Trout Association is pleased to announce that the Duke of Northumberland has agreed to become its new President. The Duke of Northumberland takes over the Presidency from The Prince of Wales, following His Royal Highness’s succession to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, as the Association’s Patron. The Duke has wide-ranging interests within angling and fisheries, including salmon, sea trout and wild brown trout water on his estates in the north of England, and stillwater […]

North East Drift Net Buy-out brings immediate results

29 August 2003
The fish counter on the River Tyne has shown that 2000 salmon entered the river during June 2003, as opposed to only 500 for the same month last year. The fish counter on the River Tyne has shown that 2000 salmon entered the river during June 2003, as opposed to only 500 for the same month last year. A deal to buy-out 52 of the remaining 68 drift net fishermen off the north east coast of England came into effect on June 1st 2003. The deal, negotiated by the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (UK), offered the netsmen fair compensation for […]

What is happening to the fly life on our rivers? The Salmon & Trout Association asks you to say

29 August 2003
The Salmon & Trout Association is mobilising its national network of regional branches and clubs to participate in the first ever national survey of the fly life on our rivers. The Salmon & Trout Association is mobilising its national network of regional branches and clubs to participate in the first ever national survey of the fly life on our rivers. This action follows the Frake & Hayes report on fly life in southern chalkstreams. Conducted by Allan Frake of the Environment Agency and Peter Hayes of the Wiltshire Fishery Association, this major report identifies the serious decline of fly life […]

S&TA input into canoe access research

29 August 2003
The S&TA, together with colleagues from the National Angling Alliance (NAA), is in close consultation with researchers from Brighton University looking into the issue of greater access to water for canoeists. The S&TA, together with colleagues from the National Angling Alliance (NAA), is in close consultation with researchers from Brighton University looking into the issue of greater access to water for canoeists. The research team, led by Dr Neil Ravenscroft, has been retained by the Countryside Agency to tackle this controversial subject, and their recommendations will be taken into account in the Agency’s final report to Defra. S&TA and colleagues […]

S&TA Environment & Technical Committee to consider agricultural impact

29 July 2003
The E&T Committee is to embrace the question of agricultural impact on the aquatic environment, and what measures should be taken to protect fragile ecosystems from human interference. The E&T Committee is to embrace the question of agricultural impact on the aquatic environment, and what measures should be taken to protect fragile ecosystems from human interference. The E&T Committee has two new members; Professor Lynda Warren, who chaired the group which reviewed fisheries legislation for the Government, and Dr Arlin Rickard, Director of the West Country Rivers Trust, and also of the Association of Rivers Trusts. A new working group […]

Controversial research claims fish feel pain

29 July 2003
The National Angling Alliance (NAA), of which S&TA is a member, have been working hard to present angling’s case in the latest fish and pain debate. The National Angling Alliance (NAA), of which S&TA is a member, have been working hard to present angling’s case in the latest fish and pain debate. A team of scientists from the Roslin Institute and the University of Edinburgh are claiming that as a consequence of their recent research, they have demonstrated that fish can perceive pain. This follows work performed on live rainbow trout in which the fish were injected with poisons, after […]

S&TA briefs Peers for House of Lords Debate

05 July 2003
“ S&TA helped influence a House of Lords debate raised by Lord Forsyth of Drumlean on April 9th over The Plight of the Salmon. S&TA helped influence a House of Lords debate raised by Lord Forsyth of Drumlean on April 9th over The Plight of the Salmon. S&TA director Paul Knight briefed Lord Forsyth on English and Welsh issues, while Andrew Wallace of the Association of Salmon District Boards gave the Scottish angle, over concerns that too little was being done for salmon management and conservation in the UK. Several other peers were also briefed. The Hansard report on the […]

Government confirms support for angling

05 July 2003
Labour MP Martin Salter, Parliamentary adviser to Sports Minister Richard Caborn, has confirmed that controversial research led by Dr Lynne Sneddon of Edinburgh University on whether or not fish can feel pain Labour MP Martin Salter, Parliamentary adviser to Sports Minister Richard Caborn, has confirmed that controversial research led by Dr Lynne Sneddon of Edinburgh University on whether or not fish can feel pain will not alter the Government’s enthusiastic support for angling as a sport and pastime. Mr Salter said – “The conclusions of the Edinburgh University research team are completely at odds with a recent report from Professor […]

Access to river banks / S&TA Canoe Ambassador

29 April 2003
The Environment Agency have recently published a consultation paper on improving access to rivers for navigational purposes The Environment Agency have recently published a consultation paper on improving access to rivers for navigational purposes, especially for canoeists. Both the Moran Committee and S&TA have complained in the strongest terms to the EA that fisheries have been left out of the consultation process, and we have forced an imminent meeting of the EA Angling and Canoe Liaison Group (ACLG) to discuss this, as we see it, totally unjust state of affairs. Angling and fisheries interests put huge investment into waterways, but […]

Fishery Action Plans – update

29 April 2003
The Environment Agency (EA) last year agreed to four experimental catchment FAPs – on the Lancashire Ribble, Norfolk Wensum, the Lee (Thames) and Wye. The Environment Agency (EA) last year agreed to four experimental catchment FAPs – on the Lancashire Ribble, Norfolk Wensum, the Lee (Thames) and Wye. The committees are now running and the Lee has even attracted early funding by having several fish refuges constructed to help protect stocks against the river’s serious predation problem. It is early days with this issue, but the EA now looks as if it might embrace catchment management more enthusiastically. We still […]

Aquatic Fly Life

29 April 2003
Much has been written and talked about the decline in fly life on the southern chalkstreams, and further research is proving that all areas and types of river are suffering a similar problem. Much has been written and talked about the decline in fly life on the southern chalkstreams, and further research is proving that all areas and types of river are suffering a similar problem. The Environment Agency is presently working up a research programme to find the cause of the problem, and, we all hope, some solutions. The Director will meet the Head of EA Fisheries, once this […]

Abstraction – Wessex rivers

03 April 2003
The Director has joined the Wessex Water Low Flows Consultative Group, newly formed to monitor the success or otherwise of new initiatives to address abstraction problems on the Wylye The Director has joined the Wessex Water Low Flows Consultative Group, newly formed to monitor the success or otherwise of new initiatives to address abstraction problems on the Wylye, Piddle and Avon at Malmesbury. A major relief scheme was recently put forward by Wessex Water which would have removed the need for any abstraction on the upper reaches of these rivers, but the plan failed to receive ministerial approval on the […]

North East Nets – buy-out update

29 January 2003
At long last, a deal is on the table to buy-out a significant number of netsmen. At long last, a deal is on the table to buy-out a significant number of netsmen. Thanks to some further lobbying behind the scenes, and renewed negotiating between NASF(UK) and the fishermen, we could soon close the deal to save some 80% of the salmon and sea trout traditionally caught in this fishery. Thanks to the zero Net Limitation Order in place, licenses cannot be handed on, so the fishery will close for good, once the last fishermen retires from the industry. Significant numbers […]

Centenary Celebrations

29 January 2003
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 […]

Lancashire Branch nets £5,000 for flyfishing tuition

29 January 2003
For a number of years, the Lancashire Branch has offered a fishery facility to encourage youngsters and newcomers to the sport, promote membership of the Association For a number of years, the Lancashire Branch has offered a fishery facility to encourage youngsters and newcomers to the sport, promote membership of the Association and provide a facility exclusively for S&TA members to enjoy. Wharfe Lake Fishery, Scorton nr Lancaster is well stocked with rainbow and golden trout and a day’s fishing is £10, or £5 for an evening only. In a bid to develop their tuition facility, the Branch has managed […]

Achieving Racial Equality

29 January 2003
Fishmongers’ Hall was the venue for the recent launch of the Joint Angling Governing Bodies (JAGB) Equity Policy. Fishmongers’ Hall was the venue for the recent launch of the Joint Angling Governing Bodies (JAGB) Equity Policy. Angling should be accessible to everybody, irrespective of gender, colour, race, ethnic origin, creed, disability or social class. This is the message that it is being sent out by the JAGB as they launched their Equity policy by signing the Equity Charter for Sport. The policy document has been written jointly by the National Federation of Anglers, the National Federation of Sea Anglers and […]

Cormorants – Management Booklet Reprinted

29 January 2003
Following an unprecedented demand for the Moran Committee’s booklet “Protecting your fishery from Cormorants”, the Environment Agency has kindly sponsored a reprint. Following an unprecedented demand for the Moran Committee’s booklet “Protecting your fishery from Cormorants”, the Environment Agency has kindly sponsored a reprint. This advisory booklet aims to complement information that is available already by giving fishery managers practical advice on options for protecting their stock from cormorants. Where possible, the management techniques described have been reinforced by specific case studies, together with diagrams or pictures and contact addresses/websites for further information. The guidance also provides a simple step-by-step […]

Cormorants – Booklet Launched

29 December 2002
The Moran Committee Joint Bird Group has recently launched a booklet “Protecting your fishery from Cormorants”. The Moran Committee Joint Bird Group has recently launched a booklet “Protecting your fishery from Cormorants”. The advisory publication aims to complement information that is available already by giving fishery managers practical advice on options for protecting their stock from cormorants. Where possible, the management techniques described have been reinforced by specific case studies, together with diagrams or pictures and contact addresses/websites for further information. The guidance also provides a simple step-by-step guide on how to apply for a Defra licence to shoot birds […]

WATERBRITE

29 December 2002
The Environment Agency’s re-organisation, under the title WATERBRITE, came into operation on October 1st. The Environment Agency’s re-organisation, under the title WATERBRITE, came into operation on October 1st. From a fisheries perspective, the jury is still out as to whether the changes will make for a more efficient service, or, indeed, if fisheries will survive as a recognisable department at local level. Agency’s Head Office fisheries staff has been strengthened, under the continued leadership of David Clarke. Guy Mawle has moved to the new post of Fisheries Strategist, and there are four more senior staff, plus assistants, to oversee two […]

Trout & Grayling Symposium – hosted by the Salmon & Trout Association

29 December 2002
On Saturday November 23rd, the Salmon & Trout Association hosted a symposium at the Sports Industries Federation, On Saturday November 23rd, the Salmon & Trout Association hosted a symposium at the Sports Industries Federation, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. The symposium was entitled The Development of Brown Trout & Grayling Fisheries, and its aim was to focus attention on the importance of these two species in the light of the Environment Agency’s Trout & Grayling Strategy. S&TA led the fisheries consultation process to the strategy on behalf of the Moran Committee, and successfully persuaded the EA to modify some of its original proposals. […]

North east drift nets – update

29 December 2002
The negotiations to buy out the remaining 70 netsmen have reached something of a stalemate position. The negotiations to buy out the remaining 70 netsmen have reached something of a stalemate position. The netsmen have indicated that a majority of them are willing to be bought out, and we now have a much clearer idea of the total sum required to purchase enough nets to make the initiative worthwhile. However, there just are not sufficient funds available at the moment to complete the deal, and this has caused the present impasse. We have, however, revisited the political issues surrounding the […]

Salmon at the Edge

29 September 2002
The sixth Atlantic Salmon Trust Symposium, entitled “Salmon at the Edge”, was held at Edinburgh University on July 16th-18th and was attended by over 200 delegates. The sixth Atlantic Salmon Trust Symposium, entitled “Salmon at the Edge”, was held at Edinburgh University on July 16th-18th and was attended by over 200 delegates. The papers were of a very high standard, delivered by an impressive group of speakers from the UK, Ireland, America, Canada and Norway. The discussion periods showed a wide degree of anxiety for the future of Atlantic salmon and, while there were some positive reactions to come from […]

S&TA will be marching for Liberty & Livelihood

29 September 2002
The official S&TA party will meet on the pavement outside our offices at 110 Upper Thames Street, which is only a short walk from the “Livelihood” start line on the Embankment (Blackfriars Bridge). The official S&TA party will meet on the pavement outside our offices at 110 Upper Thames Street, which is only a short walk from the “Livelihood” start line on the Embankment (Blackfriars Bridge). Members are very welcome to join us, but please arrive by 9.30am at the latest, preferably with an (old) fishing rod to carry, and we will leave at 9.40am for the 10.00am start. The […]

Countryside March to go ahead

29 September 2002
The Countryside Alliance has announced that the Liberty and Livelihood march, which was postponed last year due to the Foot and Mouth epidemic, will go ahead on September 22nd. The Countryside Alliance has announced that the Liberty and Livelihood march, which was postponed last year due to the Foot and Mouth epidemic, will go ahead on September 22nd. This march will purely be about rural liberty and livelihoods and the Association will be organising a marching party from Head Office and members are welcome to join us, please call 020 7283 5838. To register for the Liberty & Livelihood March, […]

North East Buy-out – update

08 September 2002
Negotiations continue with the remaining 70 netsmen to find an agreement whereby their licenses are surrendered in exchange for fair compensation, Negotiations continue with the remaining 70 netsmen to find an agreement whereby their licenses are surrendered in exchange for fair compensation, based on the average number of fish caught by each fisherman, their age and the effort they expend on the fishery. The Government have committed £750,000 to this initiative on an equal funding basis with the private fishery sector, represented by the North Atlantic Salmon Fund UK (NASF UK). Negotiations are delicately balanced at present, with some 28 […]

Greenland to help save the wild salmon of Europe and North America

08 September 2002
Greenland’s commercial fishermen have taken an historic stand to help restore threatened stocks of wild Atlantic salmon. Greenland’s commercial fishermen have taken an historic stand to help restore threatened stocks of wild Atlantic salmon. They have agreed to join their Government and salmon conservation organisations on both sides of the Atlantic in protecting the salmon while the fish are migrating through northern waters. The shoals of salmon will now have a much better chance of returning to their home rivers in Britain, Ireland, continental Europe and North America. Weeks of negotiations ended in a five year agreement which suspends all […]

American wins Musto International Open Spey Casting Championship in dramatic final at Broadlands CLA Game Fair

05 July 2002
Once again the Musto International Open Spey Casting Championship brought high drama to the climax of the CLA Game Fair. Once again the Musto International Open Spey Casting Championship brought high drama to the climax of the CLA Game Fair. The capacity grandstand crowd was joined by hundreds, who lined the banks as the excitement mounted. With six finalists having achieved casts measuring in the high 40s during the heats, Steve Choate of Kalama, State of Washington, USA, thrilled the crowd with a staggering 50 yard cast on the River Test at Broadlands to win the competition. Sealing the Championship […]

National Angling Summit

07 May 2002
The 1st National Angling Summit was held on 20th May 2002. The 1st National Angling Summit was held on 20th May 2002. This government-led initiative heralds a new partnership between angling and Government. Chaired by Martin Salter MP, himself a keen angler, membership includes Salmon & Trout Association, National Federation of Anglers, National Federation of Sea Anglers, Angling Trades Association, National Association of Fisheries and Angling Consultatives, Specialist Anglers Alliance and the Environment Agency. The group will meet a couple of times a year and the aim is to provide a direct line of communication to Ministers and coordinate angling […]

NEWS FROM NASCO

29 April 2002
Reduced quotas agreed for wild Atlantic salmon in the North Atlantic Reduced quotas agreed for wild Atlantic salmon in the North Atlantic The 19th annual meeting of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) in the Faroe Islands June 3-7 agreed reduced quotas for salmon in the Greenland high seas fishery which allow for a catch of between 20 and 55 tonnes for 2002. No quota was set for the Faroes fishery, but there was no fishing there last year. Atlantic salmon stocks are at historic low levels and the restraint of the Greenland and Faroes was widely welcomed. The […]

Fly Identification Workshop

01 April 2002
Two fly identification workshops will be held at the Leckford Estate, on the River Test, on 28 and 29 June 2002. Two fly identification workshops will be held at the Leckford Estate, on the River Test, on 28 and 29 June 2002. They will be run by experts from The Natural History Museum London, Liverpool Museum, East of Scotland Water and the John Spedan Lewis Trust. The workshops will focus on the identification and monitoring of up-winged flies, sedges and stoneflies as part of an initiative to provide information on the current distribution and status of flies in Britain. The […]

Fishery Action Plans

01 April 2002
The first experimental Fishery Action Plans (FAPs) have been published, in what has generally been regarded as a successful exercise. The first experimental Fishery Action Plans (FAPs) have been published, in what has generally been regarded as a successful exercise. Funding restraints mean that it is unlikely FAPs will be based on individual river systems, but rather on an area basis. However, this is again an opportunity for local influence in fisheries management, and will allow S&TA Branch members a say in how their own waters are conserved and improved. We have formed a liaison committee with the National Association […]

Annual General Meeting

01 April 2002
The Association AGM took place at Fishmongers’ Hall on Thursday April 18th. The Association AGM took place at Fishmongers’ Hall on Thursday April 18th. The meeting began by paying tribute to our late Patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who died on March 30th, aged 101. Chairman Tony Bird reported that he and the Director had represented the Association at the Queen Mother’s funeral, which had proved a moving but immensely uplifting experience. Miss Penelope Turing then gave a marvellous recollection of a dinner given by the S&TA Council in honour of the Queen Mother in 1955. She […]

Right to Roam

04 February 2002
S&TA successfully lobbied the Countryside Agency for access to water to be removed from the Right to Roam debate and left to voluntary agreements, but the fight is not over yet. S&TA successfully lobbied the Countryside Agency for access to water to be removed from the Right to Roam debate and left to voluntary agreements, but the fight is not over yet. The first two draft maps, covering the South East and Lower North West, have been published, and their first consultation periods have ended. They were crude first attempts, which required careful examination to ensure water really was really […]

North East Drift Nets

04 February 2002
Negotiations continue with the remaining 70 netsmen to find an agreement whereby their licenses are surrendered in exchange for fair compensation, Negotiations continue with the remaining 70 netsmen to find an agreement whereby their licenses are surrendered in exchange for fair compensation, based on the average number of fish caught by each fisherman, their age and the effort they expend on the fishery. The Government have committed £750,000 to this initiative on an equal funding basis with the private fishery sector, represented by the North Atlantic Salmon Fund UK (NASF UK). Negotiations are delicately balanced at present, with some netsmen […]

Angling and Swans

04 February 2002
Anglers have been criticised for more than two decades about swans and fishing tackle, and they have been making genuine efforts to overcome these problems. Anglers have been criticised for more than two decades about swans and fishing tackle, and they have been making genuine efforts to overcome these problems. New research by the Environment Agency reveals that injuries sustained by swans from angling-related activity has decreased in number. Most angling clubs now enforce strict anti-litter measures and ban offenders from their fisheries. Lead poisoning incidents have also fallen substantially since the withdrawal of anglers’ lead shot in the 1980s. […]

Environment Agency Trout and Grayling Strategy

04 February 2002
The S&TA recently hosted a consultation meeting to establish a way forward on the thorny issues of classification and triploids,   The S&TA recently hosted a consultation meeting to establish a way forward on the thorny issues of classification and triploids, which had arisen from the Environment Agency’s proposals contained within its trout and grayling strategy.  Scientist Nick Giles chaired the meeting which included Guy Mawle, EA project manager for the strategy, together with representatives from national and local game angling and fisheries associations in England and Wales. The meeting was an unexpected chance for us to exert some genuine […]