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A new chapter in the Trust’s life opened in 2018 as we change our name to the Forth Rivers Trust.

Previously known as the River Forth Fisheries Trust, the Trust decided that to continue the development of the Trust and make sure it is an organisation which can tackle issues rivers face in the Forth, a name change and upgrade of the logo was needed to reflect the work being undertaken.

Our core objectives have been modernised  to reflect the diverse range of projects we lead on. The Forth Rivers Trust will still carry out the same role as the River Forth Fisheries Trust with all of the previous core objectives being incorporated in our new ones.

The Trust was first set up in 2009 to protect, conserve and enhance freshwater fish, primarily salmon and sea trout within the Forth District. As the organisation developed and grew, its focus became more holistic looking at the wider environment, wildlife and communities within river catchments rather than a narrow focus of fish. 

Our new vision statement and core objectives for the Forth Rivers Trust can be seen below:

Forth Rivers Trust Vision Statement

The water, land and freshwater habitats in the Forth area are under increasing pressure. The Forth Rivers Trusts works in collaboration with others to conserve, maintain and improve the quality of these environments bringing benefits to both people and wildlife. To achieve this aim the FRT will:

  1. Engage with others and make connections which supports the physical improvement and awareness of the freshwater environment (locally, regionally and nationally);
  2. Provide an impartial ecosystem science based approach to river catchment management;
  3. Gather, maintain and communicate relevant information, providing advice, guidance and support on relevant ecological and conservation matters;
  4. Providing training and learning programmes which supports the Trust and others to undertake improvements to aligned with the Trust’s delivery plans; and
  5. Deliver scientifically robust, deliverable and sustainable solutions to mitigate the many issues faced by the rivers draining into the Forth Estuary.



  • Provide a voice for rivers at a national, regional and local scale whilst promoting sustainable catchment management to all users of rivers in the Forth System.


  • Promote and protect all wildlife which use rivers to thrive.


  • Engage communities with all aspects of rivers and their wildlife through a range of activities and learning opportunities to promote the sustainable use of rivers.


  • Provide robust scientific evidence relating to rivers and the wildlife they hold to inform policy, target restoration projects and engage communities.


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