What is the Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland?
"Game anglers influencing national decision makers over the management and protection of salmon, trout and sea trout; the conservation of water and the diverse environments upon which all aquatic life depends."
The Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland - S&TCS is a division of the Salmon & Trout Conservation UK - S&TCUK. The latter was formed in 1903 and is a company limited by guarantee. Charitable status has been granted in both England/Wales and Scotland. S&TCUK has a UK-wide membership of game anglers, fishery owners/managers, affiliated trades and others with an interest in conserving the aquatic environment and its dependent species. It addresses and campaigns on all issues relevant to fisheries legislation and regulation, together with environmental and species management and conservation. S&TCS focuses its resources on the main issues relating specifically to Scotland with a view to influencing Scottish Government and its agencies and holding them to account.
So how does S&TCS operate?
S&TCS, whilst liaising closely with S&TCUK, runs independently in Scotland with its own Executive Committee, Chairman and part-time Director. It has a developing network of regional chairmen. See below for the membership of the S&TCS Executive Committee.
Who does S&TCS represent?
Although our members are mainly drawn from those with an interest in game fisheries, our wide-ranging environmental remit is ultimately for the public benefit. We therefore represent not only fisheries people, but all those with an interest in the management and conservation of the aquatic environment and its dependent species.
S&TCS Executive Committee
Hughie is a qualified chartered surveyor, and runs the family agricultural and property company in North Angus. He has chaired the Association of Salmon Fisheries Boards, as well as the Esk Board. He sat on the Scottish Mixed Stock Salmon Fisheries Working Group, commissioned by the Government to investigate all aspects of interceptory netting. He chaired the River Resources Committee of the S.L.F., now Scottish Land and Estates, and is a director of Wildlife Estates Scotland. Married with three children, he lives within five minutes walk of the North Esk.
Andrew spent two decades in the music industry (mainly in the UK and the US), during which time "sanity" was maintained through regular excursions to Scotland's salmon rivers. He then switched direction into publishing and writing. He now handles PR for several wild fish organizations, writes extensively on salmon rivers and salmon issues (particularly conservation-related) for numerous publications and is author of The Salmon Rivers of the North Highlands and the Outer Hebrides (2005). A lifelong angler, he lives north of Inverness.
Dick worked in the City for over 20 years before retiring in 2007. He is an enthusiastic and active flyfisherman and, living in Hampshire, spends time fishing the southern chalkstreams (where he is a riparian owner) as well as targeting salmon in Scotland. He believes that we all have a responsibility to preserve these rare and threatened environments for future generations, and is committed to doing all he can to ensure that our children can fish rivers that are in better condition than those we do. He became a Trustee of S&TCUK in 2009 and Chairman in 2012.
Lawson was brought up in Broughty Ferry, fishing off the pier whilst still at primary school. He took up fly fishing in 1970 whilst at RAF Leuchars, frequenting the Eden, Ericht and Clyde. Work then took him to the far south, giving access to the Hampshire chalkstreams. On retirement he moved back north to Moffat and he now sits on the boards of the Annan Board and the River Annan Trust. An active member of S&TCUK for 20 years, he helped produce The Brown Trout Book for Scottish primary schools. Scottish Field Officer for many years, he is currently responsible for Dumfries and Galloway Membership, Scottish shows and Scottish focused education.
After graduating with an honours degree in Zoology from Aberdeen University, Patrick was appointed Director of the Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland. He went on to Direct the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (UK) before taking up his current post as Director of the Forth District Salmon Fishery Board and The River Forth Fisheries Trust.
In addition, he sat as a Board Member on the Tay District Salmon Fishery Board for nine years, has been secretary of the Upper Tay Riparian Owners Association, Clerk to the Creran District Salmon Fishery Board and was a founder member of the Linnhe-Lorne Area Management Group which oversaw a management agreement between wild fish and aquaculture interests in that area. He has lived in Scotland all his life and has been a keen angler for as long as he can remember.
Paul Knight spent two years in the commercial fishing industry while studying for a fisheries management diploma (Institute of Fisheries Management) before entering trout farming in 1976. He established a trout sport fishery and fish farm in Wiltshire in 1984, served as Chairman of the Association of Stillwater Game Fishery Managers from 1999–2002 and as Deputy Director of S&TCUK from 1994 to 2002. He was appointed Executive Director in 2002 and Chief Executive Officer when S&TCUK gained charitable status in 2008.
Allan worked in finance, in the UK and Asia, for over 20 years, before returning from Singapore to Scotland in 2010. He now lives in Edinburgh with his family. He is a keen, though apprentice, fisherman, and spends time on the Tweed, very occasionally catching a salmon. Allan enjoys the natural environment of the river bank, and the beautiful places that fishing has taken him. He is determined that wild fish are allowed to flourish in healthy river systems, and that the healthy alignment between the interests of anglers and the wellbeing of the riparian environment is not overlooked by government.