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09/04/2014 - News from Salmon & Trout Association

The Riverfly Partnership   (RP) has today announced that Ben Fitch is its new Director, tasked to expand   and develop its important work of monitoring riverfly health – a key   indicator of the whole river system’s overall good condition.

The Salmon & Trout   Association (S&TA) has hosted RP under its charitable objectives ever   since its inception six years ago.   One of its most important and   successful initiatives is the development of the Anglers Monitoring   Initiative (AMI) groups up and down the country.  This is direct action   in its most positive guise, with volunteer anglers trained to observe and   identify 8 water insect families and use them as indicators of any trouble   spots or incidents, from pollution to over-abstraction, as well as recording   and mapping flylife trends on their local rivers.

Paul Knight, S&TA CEO   says, “We are delighted to have Ben leading the RP team. He has been working with RP on the AMI for some while and   understands exactly what is needed from the ‘sharp’ end, and what   communication and support is required by volunteers."

Steve Brooks, RP’s Chairman, added, “The   national database is now online, so Ben joins at an opportune time, with his   priorities being to develop the ‘hub' structure of AMI – local/regional   coordination of volunteer groups in a particular area, so taking some of the   admin pressure off HQ – and to bed hub activity into the national database,   so that everyone knows what is happening throughout the UK, not just on their   one patch.”

Ben, who joins the RP from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, identifies   his      main challenges: “Expand and develop   the online database and mapping system as a central depository of RMI   data;  convene, organise and teach on training workshops for new   recorders and follow up workshops for existing groups and, most importantly,   actively encourage new participants to the RMI.” 

Paul Knight concludes, “S&TA will continue its key role   supporting the RP and we wish Ben every success at this important crossroads   in RP’s development. “


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