Since then we have acquired a reputation as an influential advocate for salmon conservation within the United Kingdom. Traditionally our work has been in the freshwater environment, but more recently we have focused on the lives of wild salmon at sea.Read more
From Headwater to Headland
Improving smolt survival in rivers and estuaries
Over 100 delegates attended this Conference, which took place in Berwick-upon-Tweed on 14 and 15 March. Organised by the Atlantic Salmon Trust and The Tweed Foundation, it brought together scientists, fisheries managers and anglers from all parts of the British Isles, Canada and Scandinavia to hear a range of presentations about all aspects of smolt survival for both salmon and sea trout.
Sessions considered the impacts on smolt survival of factors in freshwater, such as pollution, migration in rivers, estuaries and coastal waters and the effects of predation. At a time when fewer salmon are surviving at sea to return as adults, the Conference highlighted not only the importance of ensuring that as many smolts as possible leave our rivers and estuaries, but also that surprisingly little is known about levels of loss in these environments and the relative importance of the different causes. There is increasing evidence, though, that losses in rivers during downstream migration can be high.
The whole Conference was recorded, and videos of the presentations and of the discussions sessions will be made available to view online shortly. A report of the Conference is also being prepared; this will summarise the key issues discussed and the gaps in our knowledge that were identified. This, too, will be available online.
It is the last day of the online auction, and the pace is picking up! Thank you all so much! There’s a staggered closing of lots which starts at 12 midday on the 14th Feb and runs until c. 6.30pm on the 15th Feb. Every lot shows its closing time, and time left to bid. The generous support of our donors and the value of their donations is of great importance to the AST in funding our projects and allowing us to help fund salmon and sea trout research undertaken by others (inc. local Fisheries Trusts). In some previous years there has been a further discounting of unsold lots after the auction has closed. This will NOT take place this year. So please don’t wait. The starting prices are around 2/3rds of the guide value of the lot and there are opportunities to get great value on your fishing and shooting whilst supporting the work of the Trust. Please contact the Trust if you missed the opportunity to bid before a lot closed, it may be possible to purchase an unsold at the starting price, but it will not be reduced further. There is no obligation for us to do this and unsold lots may get held over to another event/purpose. SO if you have seen something you like, now is the time to bid, you may have less than 2 hrs left!!
The AST are seeking to employ a highly motivated programme coordinator with excellent people, organisation and presentation skills to head up their Salmonid Acoustic Tracking Programme. The job will involve liaising with organisations currently planning or undertaking Acoustic Tracking projects to facilitate maximising resources (financial and technical), co-ordination between projects and taking an overview of acoustic tracking projects to assist in providing a UK, and Ireland, picture of smolt migration and mortality pinch points.
Download the Job Description: AST Acoustic Tracking Programme Coordinator – Job Description Jan 2017
To apply for this job: Please send a covering letter and CV by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: Friday 17th February
The Atlantic Salmon Trust president Earl Percy invites you to bid for a host of unique sporting opportunities in the AST 50th Anniversary Annual Online Auction 2017.
Salmon carry information about the condition of the oceans right back to the rivers and the drastic decline in salmon numbers is symptomatic of widespread problems thousands of miles away.
We need to understand what is happening and initiate reforms that will save much more than just the Atlantic salmon.
Help us save the salmon and prevent a global ecological tragedy.
The Atlantic Salmon Trust’s 50th Anniversary annual online auction went live on 14th January 2017 and closes on 14th February 2017 with over 160 lots including UK and Overseas fishing, stalking and shooting and an eclectic selection of variety lots.
Stalking lots include roebuck in Perthshire, hind stalking lots in Argyll and shooting lots include driven woodcock shooting for a team of guns in Pembrokeshire.
With over 160 lots ranging from salmon fishing, wild sea trout, trout & grayling fishing, shooting & stalking and fishing equipment – this is probably the largest auction of its kind. There is sport to suit every taste and pocket, with starting bids ranging from £20 – £2,400.
Outstanding fishing lots include Norwegian Salmon fishing on the River Orkla, (Starting bid £2,400, Guide price £3,200) Birgham Dub on the Tweed (Start bid £375, Guide Price £500), Stobhall on the Tay (Start bid £435, Guide Price £585) and Park on the Dee (Starting bid £260, Guide Price £350). There are also some superb trout fishing lots on chalk streams and wild brown trout fishing, and a week fishing lochs on Islay including accommodation (Current bid £620, Guide Price £830).
All lots have been generously donated and the proceeds will allow the AST to continue to undertake and fund vital conservation research.
For full details of all lots on offer and instructions on how to register your bid visit:
Funds raised through the online auction go to support projects and research undertaken to protect and conserve wild Atlantic salmon and Sea trout. To find out more please visit the AST’s new website: www.atlanticsalmontrust.org
If you have registered to bid in our previous online auctions, you will be able to login using the same credentials this year.
Supporters who prefer not to use the internet can still take part. Please call us on 0131 221 6550 and we will post you a catalogue. You can then contact us with your bid(s) and we will do your bidding for you.
The Atlantic Salmon Trust
11 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2AS
Telephone: 0131 221 6550