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South West Rivers Association 2009

July 10 2009


SWRA is the voice of riparian owners and game angling in the South West. It is the umbrella of the individual river associations in the South West and a powerful lobbying body regularly consulted by the Environment Agency and Government. Its main aim is to see salmon and sea trout stocks and the sport of angling for them return to their former glory.

As with many aspects of modern life, angling and our freedom to enjoy it are affected by an ever-growing bureaucracy. Our rivers are also subject to pressure from abstraction, pollution and public access. By enabling individual rivers to work together to speak with one voice SWRA continues to influence the political and environmental agenda in a number of key areas, including:

Salmon Stock Assessment - we lobby for a more accurate approach, a requisite of good management.
Salmon Stocking Policy - we support effective stocking to compensate for the effects of environmental degradation.
National Sea Trout and Salmon Strategy - we welcome the addition of sea trout and will campaign for effective Salmon and Sea Trout Action Plans to restore stocks to former levels.
Canoeing - we continue to support the policy of voluntary access agreements.
Abstraction - over-abstraction remains a serious threat and we are working to reverse it.
Water Framework Directive - our Secretary sits on a Panel guiding implementation of the Directive in the South West.

If you would like to know more about the work of South West Rivers Association by joining the mailing list for its Newsletter, or wish to become an individual member, please contact the Secretary, Roger Furniss at:
[email protected]