Last week, a scientific conference was held in Cardiff, attended by delegates from across the UK and 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, based on last week's evidence. for the conservation and restoration of these threatened fish.