The Salmon Farm Monitor
Guest Column, May 2004
In England, the Trust has been helping to fund the River Witham Habitats Improvement Project in Lincolnshire. The habitat restoration scheme of the Grantham Angling Association’s Fly Fishing Section on the Witham has now won conservation awards.
I believe that these are just the sort of schemes that the Trust should be getting behind. They may not be making waves nationally but they make a difference locally.
But the trustees know that this is not enough. To be able to support many more projects like these, we do need to grab headlines by becoming involved in projects with a truly national (and with salmon, international) dimension. We will not be able to raise the funds to do so unless people have heard of us and the work we enable through funding.
The way ahead for the Trust, I believe, is good science. We should support scientific work which is relevant to those of us who really care about our salmonid populations. But the science and the outputs must be understood by the people who matter and can get things changed – fishery owners, Government, the civil service, the media, business and even Brussels.
An awful lot happens at sea to our salmon and sea trout that we don’t understand and the more work done on that topic the better (including the impact of salmon farms!). However, the Trust must concentrate on the United Kingdom and around our coastline before we expand our horizons to the high seas just yet.
Whatever we do in the future depends on money. Actually, the more cash we need to raise will reflect our energy and success as trustees in finding suitable projects to fund – and then doing so. The more exciting the project, the more scope there is to tap funding.
We will go out and seek money for specific schemes but we still need funding for the good bread and butter work that we have underway and hope to continue. We are starting later this year with a mixed auction of fishing, shooting and horse-related lots and more news on that score shortly. If you have some fishing to donate to help the cause, please let me know.
So I would like to put out a challenge for the Salmon Farm Protest Group’s web magazine. What and where are the projects around the well-being, survival and success of salmonid populations that you think are worthy of the support of the Trust? If you have any ideas or know of projects that deserve support, let me know direct by email; email@example.com. You can also check our website for more information: www.salmontrouttrust.org.uk.