Last week a scientific conference was held in Cardiff, attended by delegates from across the UK & Ireland, to examine what is happening to sea trout, one of the best indicators of the health of our rivers, estuaries, and coastal waters. The evidence is clear: over the last decade, sea trout numbers have plummeted in rivers throughout England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Barriers to migration, poor water quality, predation, marine exploitation, and climate change were identified as the main causes. In November, representatives of key organisations involved in sea trout management will meet to agree actions for the conservation and restoration of these threatened fish.
You can read a report of the day below. This will also feature in the next edition of FISH magazine
The event was convened by the IFM, Wild Trout Trust, Wildfish and the Atlantic Salmon Trust
For further information on the increasing pressures facing sea trout please contact Paul Coulson on [email protected]