Here you can find out about about the management of salmon, trout and grayling, including consultations and reports.
Salmon, trout and grayling in the UK
Trout are widely distributed throughout the area for which we are responsible - across England and Wales, parts of the Scottish border and coastal waters out to six miles. Whether naturally or through stocking, they live in a wide range of rural and urban waters including streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and tidal waters.
Brown trout and sea trout are the same species, which shows a wide diversity of life-cycle patterns, physical appearance and behavioural characteristics.
Our national trout and grayling fisheries strategy aims to conserve and improve wild stocks of trout, and enhance the environment for all types of fisheries and encourage and add to the social and economic benefits derived from these fisheries.
The Atlantic salmon has a complex life-history, spawning and spending its early life in freshwater, making long migrations to its sea feeding grounds and returning again to spawn in the river where it hatched from the egg.
Salmon are at the mercy of the oceanic, estuarine and river environments, over which we have limited control. Stocks of salmon are subject to year-to-year fluctuations (and perhaps longer-term cycles) in abundance caused by oceanic, climatic and other factors. Salmon are a valuable resource requiring national and international management.
We have just published our new sea trout and salmon fisheries strategy. It has the goal of more sea trout and more salmon in more rivers bringing more benefit.
We want to see self-sustaining sea trout and salmon in abundance in more rivers, economic and social benefits optimised for sea trout and salmon fisheries and partnerships widespread and positive producing benefit.