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Although The Rivers Trust and the rivers trust movement has its origins in angling and fisheries, it is wrong to construe rivers trusts as just fisheries. However, we make no apology for promoting angling as an activity and consider its role is encapsulated by quoting from the Environment Agency’s website - “ Angling is good for our health, the economy and the environment. ”

From the rivers trust movement perspective, we share the Environment Agency’s desire for more people, from more backgrounds, to go fishing more often. It is important both economically and socially, as well as providing the “eyes and ears” to protect the environment. The Environment Agency estimates that over 4 million people go fishing each year and we agree wholeheartedly with its aim of increasing this number so that “More people will care for, use, appreciate and enjoy their environment.”

The Environment Agency has produced a range of fishing reports which can be readily accessed from its website home page and following the “Fish” link on the menu on the left hand side of that screen. In particular we provide a direct link to its publications Fishing for the future - Angling 2015

Salmonid 21c
Salmonid 21C was an initiative launched in 2000 to develop agreement on how we manage and conserve wild salmon, trout and sea trout stocks in the UK and Ireland in the twenty first century. Click here to open the Salmonid 21c mini-site will open in a new window.

The issues have remained the same, and in 2006 the Salmonid 21C committee decided to re-launch a short CD version the purpose of which is to:

(i) engage salmon, trout and sea trout anglers in the issues affecting salmonid fisheries

(ii) make them aware of the options available to improve their fisheries

(iii) encourage them to play an active part in pursuing these options

The CD presentation, which is designed to be shown at angling club meetings, or whenever a group of interested people are gathered together, should take about 20 minutes depending on how much additional local information the presenter chooses to use in order to illustrate points, and ample time should be added for questions / discussion. Free copies of the CD are available from

Angling Passport Schemes
One way in which rivers trusts have engaged anglers is through the provision of angling passport schemes. The schemes have the common principle of exchanging tokens purchased from the issuing rivers trust for the right to fish beats within its scheme on a day-ticket basis. The requisite tokens are posted in a box at the beginning of the day and are subsequently collected for reconciliation and payment to the fishery owner at a later date. The advantage for the angler is that it is a flexible day ticket opportunity to fish many different and generally under-fished beats. The advantage for the fishery owner is that it is co-operative marketing approach, with low costs and minimal administration burden.

Further details can be obtained visiting the Wild Trout Fishing web site

Gyrodactylus salaris
Gyrodactylus salaris is a parasite that infects salmonids and leads to the drastic eradication measure, undertaken with mixed success in Norway, of effectively poisoning the whole river and killing not only the parasite, but everything else too. Clearly, prevention is better than cure, and RT commissioned the Tweed Foundation to prepare a biosecurity notice and guidance related to Gyrodactylus Salaris. The notice can be freely downloaded and used for educational or campaigning purposes by clicking on the following link Gyrodactylus Salaris (File size: 31kb - File format: Adobe PDF).

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