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Statement: Joint Fisheries Conservation NGO Position on Eurasian Beaver Reintroduction into England and Wales

Fighting to protect our iconic and threatened migratory fish.

AST, along with fisheries conservations organisations: Salmon and Trout Conservation, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Angling Trust, the River Otter Fisheries Association, and the South West Rivers Association, have raised concerns to the UK and Welsh government, the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and Natural England that, too often, beaver introductions are taking place without a proper assessment on the impact on fish, and without a proper long-term management plan to avoid harm, particularly to species such as salmon, whose status has reached a critical point.  

The full position on the introduction of beavers is available below.

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