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
The AST Gala Auction is currently standing at just over £60,000!
It is now possible to bid online in the Silent Auction right up until 10.45pm on Thursday 25th May 2017. It will then close online and for those attending the Gala Dinner. So everyone has the same opportunity to bid.
If you’re interested in bidding on the Main Auction items (Lots 1 – 9) such as the Hotspur Cascapedia Reel, which will be auctioned live at the Gala Dinner, please contact us on email@example.com or call 07769 173659 to place your bid.
Please note that there was a misprint in the printed and pdf catalogue for Lot 21. The details on the Givergy site are correct.
LOT 21. HELMSDALE / 2 RODS FOR A WEEK + ACCOMMODATION
DATES: 5th MARCH – 10th MARCH 2018
Thank you and Good Luck!
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Matt Newton joined the AST on the 17th May 2017 as Programme Coordinator for the AST Acoustic Telemetry Tracking project. The project aims to develop a clear understanding of what is happening to smolts during their migration, and help to develop projects to monitor their progress towards the open ocean. The project will contribute information to the AST’s current research programme, which is focused on addressing a key question:
Why are less than 5% of Atlantic salmon smolts leaving UK rivers returning as adults?
Dr. Newton comes to the AST from the University of Glasgow where he developed his expertise in both the academic and practical aspects of acoustic telemetry tracking of fish. Matt held the post of Postdoctoral Researcher – designing, coordinating and executing acoustic telemetry projects. His PhD thesis was entitled: “Assessing the Impacts of Riverine Barriers to the Freshwater Migration of Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar L.)”.
Dr. Newton writes:
“As fish telemetry continues to evolve within the UK there is an ever growing need for the collaboration and knowledge transfer between groups working in this intricate field of science. As tracking coordinator for the AST I will be working provide a platform where such collaboration is facilitated, initially this will form a database of groups and organisations undertaking telemetry studies. The database will enable organisations to identify neighbouring projects and stimulate partnerships which will further advance our knowledge into fish migrations.
I am beginning to develop telemetry projects and ideas with fisheries trusts and DSFB’s and take these forward to funding applications with the hope of working with organisations across the British Isles to facilitate acoustic telemetry systems monitoring salmon and sea trout. I am keen to speak to any organisations planning such work with the potential to offer advice and support for these projects.
Looking into the future, we will be aiming to bring together wider ranging partners to form collaborations, the vision is to approach funding bodies that will facilitate the deployment of open ocean arrays within the North Atlantic, unlocking the mystery that is Atlantic salmon migration in the marine environment.”
Tel: 0131 221 6552 (Edinburgh Office)
The AST Acoustic Tracking project is the recipient of a three-year funding grant from The Fishmongers’ Company.
With less than two weeks to go – The Gala Dinner at Syon House on May 25th is gathering speed and excitement.
We are thrilled to announce the online auction www.astgalaauction.com is now live, to which the avid fishermen will find some really fantastic lots and other sensational lots for holidays, sporting stays, wine, art and something for everyone.
The catalogue, which gives information about the AST, the 50th Anniversary and the auction, is also available to view online by clicking here: Catalogue PDF
Please support the AST by telling all your friends and should you wish to know more of the work of the Trust please browse our website: www.atlanticsalmontrust.org
Thank you for your support.
Putting wild Salmon first.
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.