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    Default Best UK fish conservation group to join

    Have a direct debit with Salmon and Trout Conservation but before I renew that, are they still the best body to support?

    I know that one body has some stretches of rivers that if you are a member you can use. Is that the Salmon and Trout Conservation? I know that there have been some changes in this area and I seemed to have lost track of what is going on.

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    Default Re: Best UK fish conservation group to join

    Quote Originally Posted by sailingval View Post
    Have a direct debit with Salmon and Trout Conservation but before I renew that, are they still the best body to support?

    I know that one body has some stretches of rivers that if you are a member you can use. Is that the Salmon and Trout Conservation? I know that there have been some changes in this area and I seemed to have lost track of what is going on.
    WTT

    richard
    Who resides on the right bank of the Derbyshire Wye and is lulled to sleep each night by the mutterings of the river, dreaming that "When the rivers and their inhabitants come first, we ALL win."

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    WWF

    In union with the Angling Trust, WWF have held our government to account on a number of occasions, including providing hundreds of millions of pounds for the catchment restoration fund and currently a successful judicial review over phosphates in rivers. Did you know phosphates are currently way over legal limits and are now being blamed, in conjunction with sediment, with over 80% mortality in mayfly eggs. My UK conservation charity pounds go to them.

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    I think it depends on what sort of efforts you are supporting. Salmon and Trout Conservation UK is more about campaigning for water quality, reduced abstraction etc. The Wild Trout Trust is all about directly improving habitat through river restoration and improved fishery management. Two sides of the same coin and equally important.

    Also in the mix will be your local Rivers Trust. Depending on where you are and how organised your local RT is, you may find that they are doing some very good work (with both habitat and water quality). The Angling Trust is also worth a look and as mentioned already, WWF is also a very good organisation and involved in shaping a lot of water quality policy.

    Another important factor to consider is how well each organisation works with others. In my opinion our conservation NGOs should be working together to be greater than the sum of their parts and not acting too unilaterally or fighting over scant funding opportunities.

    Personally WTT is the one for me. Less politics, more hands-on change and working closely with other NGOs (especially fledgling Rivers Trusts) over the country.
    Others may have a different view.

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