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Long Term Strategy on Salmon and Sea-Trout

UK - The UK has launched a new long-term strategy to help improve stocks of salmon and sea trout.

The Government wants to forge partnerships with landowners, anglers and river authorities to protect the fish and to ensure the best conditions for them to thrive, reported the Telegraph yesterday.

According to the news agency, the strategy, drawn up by the Environment Agency after a lengthy consultation period, was launched by new chairman Lord Smith as he formally opened the Blachford Fish Pass near Ivybridge, Devon.

"These special fish are very valuable as they bring social, economic and environmental benefits to local communities.

"Their sensitivity and need for a good quality environment means we need to work together with our partners to address the complex factors affecting them, he said."

Work to protect the game fish, one or both of which appear in more than 100 rivers in England and Wales, has helped increase salmon numbers by 40,000 in the last 10 years.