With just a few days remaining until the second annual London Fly Fishing Fair, thoughts turn to the brands in the industry supporting conservation and pioneering change. With so many brands and businesses in fly fishing heavily involved with some of truly exciting projects, the show organisers took the chance to speak to just a few of those exhibiting at the fair and what they are working on at the moment. Join us as we stand together to protect our natural habitat.
Remember, the fair is fast approaching. Taking place on 23rd and 24th March in the Business Design Centre, Islington, we can’t wait to see so many old and new faces!
Buy your tickets here.
Orvis UK and Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
Every September, the Game Wildlife & Conservation Trust’s fisheries team catch, weigh, measure and tag over 10,000 salmon parr. Their tagging of a significant proportion of the autumn parr population is a key component of the trust’s ability to both monitor the movements and estimate the numbers of survival of parrs, smolts and adult marine wildlife. Orvis UK help fund the electrofishing equipment that is crucial for enabling the monitoring of the movements and survival of the River Frome’s young salmon.
These records, together with records give Game Wildlife & Conservation Trust unparalleled information about marine survival rates. With an aim of informing and educating the wider audience in a call to action, Orvis are proud to contribute to this brilliant cause.
Dylan Roberts (GWCT Head of Fisheries) will be speaking at The London Fly Fishing Fair this March to help raise awareness for the brilliant work that is done and the many ways we can help.
Frontiers Travel and Salmon & Trout Conservation
The Salmon Farming Campaign, run by Salmon and Trout Conservation, and supported by Frontiers Travel, is encouraging a shift to production systems where the salmon farming industry and wild fish can thrive together. Science has given us a loud warning that salmon farming is harming wild fish, but equally it is showing us solutions! Currently, poorly run and badly sited open net farms are putting our wild salmon and sea trout at risk from parasites and diseases. So, in order to achieve a sustainable future a biological barrier between farms and the surrounding sea is essential.
Campaign aims –
• Relocate poorly sited farms
• Review lice regulations and make action on lice trigger levels mandatory
• Encourage a shift to closed containment salmon farming: either land-based or floating tanks in place of open nets
Work by S&T’s Scottish team has already led to Parliamentary action to consider industry reform. In June, the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, in response to a formal Petition lodged in the Scottish Parliament in February 2016 by S&TC Scotland seeking protection for wild salmonids from sea lice from Scottish salmon farms, agreed to launch an Inquiry (scheduled this year) into salmon farming in Scotland and the issues we have raised.
You can catch both Salmon and Trout Conservation and Frontiers Travel on their stands at the fair in March.
Atlantic Salmon Trust: putting wild salmon first
Since 1967, the Atlantic Salmon Trust (AST) has supported research in to key aspects of the lives of migratory salmonids. AST is the UK’s only charity whose work is devoted exclusively to the conservation of wild Atlantic salmon and sea Trout. The trust facilitates research, partners research projects, organises scientific meetings, workshops and conferences. It communicates its findings to anglers, fishery managers, fishery owners and the public.
The role of the Trust is to not only demonstrate how both species can be conserved, but also managed to enable their value to society to be realised sustainably. AST have a number of exciting events coming up, including its presence as an exhibitor at the London Fly Fishing Fair, as well as the launch of the 2018 online auction will take place at Bonhams, Edinburgh on 17th May 2018, in advance of the Bonhams Sporting Sale which takes place a few days later (23rd May).
To get your tickets for this year’s fair, please visit the website: https://thelondonflyfishingfair.co.uk/.