A campaign called 'Save Our Waters’ has recently been launched by the Blueprint for Water coalition to ensure that the voices of anglers who care about our rivers and waterways are heard at the top level.
The launch coincides with the publication of the Environment Agency’s (EA) second cycle draft River Management Basin Plans (dRMBP), 2015 – 2021, which in essence will determine how our rivers, lakes, estuaries, beaches and wetlands, are managed over the next six years.
However, the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) fear that the plans will not adequately address the key problems facing our waterways today: problems such as pollution, over-abstraction, flooding and proper flood management, which all impact on the health of our rivers and the fish and wildlife that depend on them. And as one of the influential consortium of environmental NGOs, which represents over six million members, they are urging anglers to support the campaign.
“Only 25 per cent of our waters are considered to be in good health – our salmon stocks have declined by 40 per cent since the 1970s, and almost every day we read of pollution incidents that kill off the fish in large stretches of rivers and streams," commented Janina Gray, Head of Science at S&TA, and current chairperson of the coalition. “This has got to stop! Please sign up to the campaign and tell the EA that they are on notice to produce plans robust enough to halt and reverse this terrible decline."
“We fully endorse and support the Blueprint coalition because we believe that its aims not only complement ours, but also help us address an audience that embraces people who care about the water environment, as well as purely fisheries interests,” added S&TA CEO Paul Knight.