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Anglers Riverfly Monitoring Initiative (ARMI)

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Presented By The Riverfly Partnership
Goal early warning system for acute river pollution incidents
Task samples, record and report target macroinvertebrates
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

The Anglers Riverfly Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) is a UK wide citizen science project in which volunteers (anglers and non-anglers alike) are trained to carry out regular macroinvertebrate monitoring at registered running water sites to detect and report acute pollution incidents. ARMI compliments the work carried out by relevant statutory UK bodies, i.e., Environment Agency - England, Scottish Environment Protection Agency - Scotland, Natural Resources Wales - Wales, Northern Ireland Environment Agency - Northern Ireland; if a river pollution incident is detected by an ARMI volunteer, details are reported to the relevant statutory body so that further investigation work and response actions can be carried out.
The Riverfly Partnership, hosted by the Freshwater Biological Association, coordinates ARMI nationally and receives funding support in England from the Environment Agency.

How to Join

Visit for further information. Contact Ben Fitch, national ARMI Project Manager to register your interest -

Project Timing Ideally, monitoring is carried out on a monthly basis by trained ARMI volunteers, though external factors, e.g., seasonal weather and river flow conditions, fish spawning activity, may influence this.
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Ideal Age Group Graduate students, Adults, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per month
Average Time An hour or so
Tags anglers riverfly monitoring initiative, armi, kick sampling, macroinvertebrtes, riverflies, riverfly monitoring, riverfly partnership
Project Updated 05/23/2018