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.
Over £1million is needed to support this work.
There are two ways that you can support the Atlantic Salmon Trust Campaigns:
1. Make a bid on the Atlantic Salmon Trust online auction: www.astauction.com
2. Make a donation to the Crowd Funding Campaign: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/themissingsalmonproject
It is also possible to make a donation directly to the Trust. Please contact email@example.com
The Atlantic Salmon Trust is appalled at recent press reports of salmon, in Loch Roag on the Isle of Lewis, dying as they return from the sea infested with massive burdens of sea lice, along with similar footage of salmon in nearby fish farm cages. The Trust finds these lice levels and the damage they are doing to wild and farmed fish absolutely abhorrent, as it goes against our core aim of protecting wild salmon. In this day and age there can be no excuses if lice levels are allowed to build up to damaging levels.
We believe that Marine Scotland Fish Health Inspectorate and the SSPCA are investigating these reports on the fish farms. The Atlantic Salmon Trust is of the view that these findings must be made public and swiftly acted upon so that lice levels can be controlled and not allowed to harm the vulnerable stocks of wild salmon.
To view the current AST position on Aquaculture please visit http://www.atlanticsalmontrust.org/aquaculture/
Professor Ken Whelan, AST Research Director, review on the impacts of sea lice, can be viewed by visiting
For details on the images please visit https://www.salmon-trout.org/2018/09/03/wild-adult-salmon-run-decimated-by-sea-lice/
For many years The Atlantic Salmon Trust has recognised the vital importance of small streams. The Trust has actively encouraged, not alone research into the biology of small streams, but spearheaded an initiative to train volunteers in the mapping and conservation of streams and burns in their local area (http://www.atlanticsalmontrust.org/small-streams-course/).
The Trust very much welcomes the publication of this two page summary by Defra’s Expert Group on Small Water Bodies, of which AST is a member. We strongly endorse the restorative actions recommended by the Group and encourage all to share this important summary with your friends and colleagues.
For more detailed information see: Riley, W.D. et al., (2018). Small Water Bodies in Great Britain and Ireland: Ecosystem function, human-generated degradation, and options for restorative action. Science of the Total Environment 645, 1598–1616. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.07.243
In 2017 the Atlantic Salmon Trust launched the Missing Salmon Project against a backdrop of continued declines in salmon runs across the North Atlantic. The aim of the project is to understand where and how the salmon are dying so that management measures can be put in place to reverse this decline. Without such a coordinated effort it is likely that salmon will become an endangered species in our lifetime.
The first part of the Missing Salmon Project was to bring together experts from around the Atlantic and Pacific to start the process of building a framework where the suspects responsible for killing the salmon could be identified. This was started at a major international workshop held in Edinburgh in November 2017 and was the first preparatory event for the forthcoming International Year of the Salmon in 2019.
Work will now proceed to identify the suspects responsible for the loss of salmon and then we aim to identify which ones we can manage to help recover fish stocks. It is an ambitious project as we need to look at what is happening to the fish across the whole of their home range in rivers and across the Atlantic.
Additional Information: key conclusions from the AST Likely Suspects Framework Blue Book:
Atlantic Salmon Trust – http://www.atlanticsalmontrust.org/
Missing Salmon Project – http://www.atlanticsalmontrust.org/themissingsalmonproject/
NASCO – http://www.nasco.int/about.html
NPAFC – https://npafc.org/
International Year of the Salmon – https://npafc.org/iys/
International Council for the Exploration of the Seas – http://www.ices.dk/Pages/default.aspx
About the Atlantic Salmon Trust
The role of the Atlantic Salmon Trust is to demonstrate how salmon and sea trout can be conserved and managed to enable their value to society to be realised sustainably.
The Trust’s work concentrates on improving our knowledge of these fish, their habitats and their complex and fascinating life histories, as well as the threats to their survival. Until relatively recently this knowledge was confined mainly to the freshwater aspects of their life cycle, but the AST is also focusing on the migration and marine phase of their life.
For further details about the Atlantic Salmon Trust, please contact tel. 0131 221 6552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org