The Environment Agency has issued a summary record of the different sessions at last month’s Salmon Summit in London, held to raise awareness of the depleted salmon stocks in England and attended by the Angling Trust and other concerned fisheries organisations.

At the Summit, Mark Lloyd, chief executive of Angling Trust & Fish Legal, reported on the three key priorities of the ‘Save Our Salmon’ campaign, led by the Trust in partnership with Trout & Salmon magazine.

They are:

  1. All salmon netting should be stopped and salmon and sea trout should be designated as sport fish.
  2. Agricultural pollution needs to be tackled by ensuring compliance with agricultural regulations – enforcing cross compliance as a condition of agricultural subsidies.
  3. Fishery owners should have more freedom to control cormorants and goosanders to protect parr and smolts. 

The Environment Agency stress that, at this stage, the summary record does not constitute any commitments to action. They will come from the Agency’s five point approach launch in the New Year, once funded commitments have been secured from all parties.

Read the full Salmon Summit summary HERE