Research and analysis

Evaluation options for sea trout and brown trout biological reference points

This report explores the feasibility of establishing biological reference pointsfor brown trout

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Evaluation options for sea trout and brown trout biological reference points

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Biological reference points (BRPs) provide a means of assessing the status of fish stocks against a defined reference condition. These assessments help to identify and prioritise management actions to ensure that fish populations reach a favourable status. The Environment Agency uses BRPs to assess salmon populations in rivers in England and Wales. However, a BRP method has not been applied to any other freshwater fish species in England and Wales, largely due to the dearth of speciesspecific data and information such as lifecycle variation.

Published 1 December 2008