THE Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) and the Anglers’ Conservation Association (ACA) are delighted to announce a resumption of their close working partnership to protect, conserve and enhance the aquatic environment, and the fisheries which depend upon it, on behalf of all anglers.

At a recent meeting, clear working delineations were agreed, with ACA responsible for taking legal cases against aquatic polluters of all types and S&TA responsible for influencing Government departments and agencies with regard to water environmental policies and legislation on behalf of game fisheries. 

These two key areas of work dovetail naturally together, and S&TA and ACA look forward to coordinating their respective responsibilities by means of a close liaison between the two organisations, and, indeed, within the wider unity of fisheries and angling under the Fisheries and Angling Conservation Trust (FACT).

Mark Lloyd, director of ACA, said: “The ACA is delighted to be working closely with the S&TA.  This will help ensure that the collective voice of 4 million anglers is clearly heard by policy makers and polluters alike.  We will be developing similar partnerships with coarse angling organisations to increase the volume and clarity of our message still further”

S&TA director, Paul Knight, commented:  S&TA is extremely enthusiastic about this new working partnership with ACA.  Mark Lloyd and I are in complete agreement as to our respective areas of responsibility, and the enormous benefits to angling and fisheries that a coordinated liaison between us can produce.  We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership, both between S&TA and ACA and within FACT”.

The organisations’ first joint initiative will be to work together on a campaign to ban the use of cypermethrin sheep dip, which has a dramatic impact on invertebrates and salmonid fish.  The ACA is investigating taking legal action against the producers of these highly toxic insecticides, whilst the S&TA is lobbying ministers and agencies.