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ERFT Aims & Objectives

Our Aims

1. To advance for public benefit environmental protection and improvement by conserving and enhancing all species of freshwater fish and their environments primarily but not limited to the inland and coastal waters of the rivers and their tributaries listed above.

2. To advance the education of the public and any other association, company, local authority, administration or governmental body or representative body in:

  • The understanding of aquatic ecosystems, including their flora and economic or social activity, and river catchment management.
  • The need for, and the benefits of, protection, conservation, rehabilitation and improvement of the
    aquatic environment.

Our Core Planning Objectives

  • Ensuring that all planning decisions comply with relevant legislation and support the designations of all areas within the catchments.
  • Recognising that rivers are dynamic and ensure as far as practicable that natural processes are permitted to operate. However, where man-made changes have occurred, remedial action may involve engineering Compliance with ASFB/RAFTS objectives
  • Ensuring that exploitation of all fish stocks is sustainable and to ensure that  exploitation by mixed stock fisheries does not threaten stock status
  • Identifying environmental issues detrimental to the aquatic environment and where possible/appropriate establish restorative measures
  • Involving all stakeholders in the planning process, including relevant university departments and other research institutes
  • To restore the potential for natural processes to dominate.
  • Adopting a  precautionary approach where there is insufficient scientific information available to determine the nature and extent of adverse trends.
  • Accepting  socio-economic principles in the management of the resource but where there are potential conflicting management objectives/practices to discuss and seek understanding and compromise where possible
  • Encouraging the involvement of institutions in the evaluation of the catchment  and its ecology
  • Consulting widely and invite comment and opinion on all matters within the planning context
  • Adopting the advice of national and international bodies (e.g. EU and NASCO) relating to fisheries management
  • Supporting the social and stewardship  issues outlined in the Strategic Framework for Scottish Freshwater Fisheries
  • Ensuring that exploitation of fish stocks is sustainable and in accordance with sound management practice