Farming and Fisheries Conference, 10-12 May, Penrith

The Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) will be hosting a two-day specialist conference at the Rheged Centre near Penrith looking at a range of different subject areas linked to faming practices and their interaction with the aquatic environment.

The full programme for the conference and registration details can be found on the IFM website 

Key note presentations will come from John Zablocki of the Nature Conservancy who will look at some of the large scale projects carried out in the USA and what we can learn from them.
This will be followed by Prof. Jonathan Grey, of Lancaster University and the Wild Trout Trust, who will provide an overview on the impacts of land management on UK rivers. 

Further papers include

· Prof. John Quinton, (Lancaster University). Keeping soil on the land and out of the rivers = better crops and a cleaner environment

· Dr. Ian Winfield, (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology). An historic brown trout fishery and a new environmental governance: nutrient management at Loweswater, UK

· Prof. Chris Stoate, (Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust). The Water Friendly Farming project – a landscape scale experiment to investigate mutual benefits to farming and water

· Phil Lyth (Yorkshire Farming and Wildlife Partnership). The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Experiences of Working with Farmers & Landowners to Improve the Water Environment

Conference Sessions will cover 

Setting the scene

Ecological impacts of sediments

Diffuse Pollution and its impacts 

Working together (partnership projects and case studies) 

Finding a solution (practical measures to mitigate the impacts of sediments and nutrients) 

Open forum

The conference will be held at the Rheged Centre in Penrith; which is the largest earth covered building in Europe, and aims to provide a forum for discussion and networking for people working in both the farming and fisheries sectors.

The third day of the conference will be taken up by a field trip kindly hosted by the Eden Rivers Trust. Delegates will visit partnership projects in the Eden Catchment undertaken by the Eden RT and landowners.

The full programme for the conference and registration details can be found on the IFM website