Standing up for wild fish and their waters

WILD WATERS FOR WILD FISH

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION HERE CALLING ON GOVERNMENT FOR THE FUNDS AND THE FREEDOM TO PROTECT RIVERS SO THAT THEY CAN SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE POPULATIONS OF WILD FISH.

Protect wild waters for wild fish

The regulatory system put in place to protect our rivers is broken.

86% of rivers in England are failing and every single one is polluted.

Salmon & Trout Conservation's report ‘Doing its job’, sets out the Environment Agency’s continued failure to protect and enhance English rivers. It highlights that improving wild fish habitats is not just about about more money. Transformational change is urgently required if wild waters are to support wild fish populations in the future.

We get the environment we pay for in effort first and money second. We are not investing enough of either.

Weak enforcement, declining responses to reports of pollution and poor inspection rates are just some of the inadequacies found in the report that demonstrate the EA is not doing its job.

The goal is simple.

Clean water that supports sustainable and healthy populations of wild fish, and a river ecosystem that is rich in biodiversity.

This is why Salmon & Trout Conservation has launched a public petition calling on Government to give the EA the mandate and resources to protect river environments. The EA needs to put the environment before the economy and it needs the funding to enforce existing legislation without fear or favour.

Signed the petition?

Here are some of the other ways you can help

Write to your MP

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why it matters

The Environment Agency announced that water companies had dumped raw sewage into our rivers for over 3 million hours from over 400,000 separate incidents.
Click here to read the news release in full.

Water companies already have a duty, under the Water Industry Act 1991, to effectually deal with sewage.
Click here to read the news release in full.

What is a Parliamentary Petition and why is it important?

Parliamentary Petitions are a useful way to get important issues raised in the House of Commons. At 100,000 signatures a petition is likely to be debated in Parliament. The cross-party Petitions Committee can invite petitioners to take part in a discussion with MPs or Government Ministers, or to give evidence to a Select Committee. The Petitions Committee can also ask for evidence from the Government or other relevant people or organisations, press the Government for action or ask another Parliamentary Committee, such as the Environment Audit Committee, to look in detail into the topic raised by a petition. That is a very similar process to the one S&TC pursued successfully in Scotland, where its Petition to the Scottish Parliament, lodged in 2016, led to two Scottish Parliamentary inquiries into the environmental impacts of salmon farming in Scotland in 2018 and the on-going reform of the regulation of salmon farming.