Sea trout fisheries in parts of Western Britain and Ireland bordering the Irish Sea are suffering decline; but the pattern is mixed and in most cases the causes of change and thus the solutions are poorly understood. So we need to understand sea trout better to improve management of this valuable migratory trout.
The Celtic Sea Trout Project is a groundbreaking, €2 million, multi-agency partnership investigation into the sea trout stocks and fisheries of the rivers entering the Irish Sea. The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Programme (INTERREG 4A). The active fieldwork programme will take place over three years from April 2010.