The Atlantic Salmon Trust was Founded in 1967 in response to growing concerns about over exploitation of wild salmon in the Faroes and Greenland Coastal waters.

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.

This year our major piece of work is The Missing Salmon Project, this comprises of two major components:
1. The Likely Suspects Framework
2. The Missing Salmon Project

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 pamela@atlanticsalmontrust.org

Latest News

‘Salar The Salmon’ audiobook

Thursday, August 16, 2018

James Murray, passionate angler and actor (Age Before Beauty, Cucumber, Defiance, Primeval, Cutting It), has recorded an audio book version of ‘Salar The Salmon’ by author Henry Williamson in aid of the Atlantic Salmon Trust. Henry Williamson is also the author ‘Tarka the Otter’.

First published in 1935 the tale of Salar’s migration through the rivers of Devon, surviving porpoises, seals, nets, fishermen, otters, poachers and weirs, is one of nature’s great journeys, and still as relevant today!

You can purchase the audio book direct from Strathmore Publishing or download from Audible. See link below for details of how to purchase the CD’s and download the audio book https://strathmorepublishing.co.uk/shop-link/cds/salar

Purchase the recorded version of this classic and help support todays salmon research and conservation. It’s a perfect gift for your young anglers and future conservationists!

Click here to read: ‘Listen to Salar’ – Trout & Salmon Magazine Article August 2018



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Meet the Team @ the GWCT Scottish Game Fair, Scone

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The AST will be at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair from the 29th June – 1st July.

We have a stand in the Conservation Tent at the end of Fishermen’s Row for the duration of the Game Fair.

Come meet the AST Team and join us for a drink from 3.15pm – 5.30pm

Great opportunity to ask questions about The Missing Salmon Project, acoustic tracking and our other research projects.

Champagne, Cupcakes & Jazz

In the Mansefield Room – The GWCT Stand at the Scottish Game Fair, Scone

Friday 29th June 2018, 3.15 – 5.30pm

Please let Pamela know you will be attending by emailing: pamela@atlanticsalmontrust.org

Event generously sponsored by Gillespie Macandrew and supported by FishPal

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

— Mark Bilsby joins after 13 years with the River Dee —

Mark Bilsby has been named as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of the Atlantic Salmon Trust, replacing Sarah Bayley Slater who leaves the post after two and a half years.

With more than 20 years’ experience as a fisheries manager, Mark leaves his posts as Director for the River Dee Trust and Dee District Salmon Fisheries Board, where he has been since 2005. He also spent a decade as a senior fisheries biologist for the Western Isles Fisheries Trust and, prior to that, working with the National Rivers Authority and a private environmental consultancy.

One of Mark’s first responsibilities in his new role will be to oversee The Missing Salmon Project, Europe’s most ambitious salmon tagging project which will see the installation of a 65-mile wide ‘acoustic array’ across the Moray Firth in a bid to determine why Atlantic salmon numbers are dropping so rapidly.

Mark said: “There has never been a more exciting time to join this organisation – or a more important time. The wild Atlantic salmon is in serious danger and we have a crucial role to play in safeguarding its future.

“The Missing Salmon Project is the key to protecting the species’ future. It will give us hard information on how seriously the threats identified in our Likely Suspects Framework impact on the salmon’s survival and at which life stage. We now face a race against time to raise the £1million we need to make the project work – and I look forward to meeting this challenge head on.”

Sarah Bayley Slater, who is stepping away from the role but remaining involved with the Trust, said: “It is an honour and a privilege to work with the Atlantic Salmon Trust and I’m delighted to hand the baton over to Mark, whose skill and experience makes him an invaluable addition to the team.

“I wish him all the best in his new role and look forward to following the success of the Trust and the Missing Salmon Project in the future.”

Mark added: “I’d like to thank Sarah for all her hard work with the Trust and for launching the Missing Salmon Project. She has brought energy and innovation to the Trust and has been an excellent advocate for wild salmon.”

The Missing Salmon Project launched on the River Garry in April, with the Atlantic Salmon Trust saying the study, which will launch in the Moray Firth river system, will provide much-needed data on what is preventing salmon smolts getting out into the sea.

Data to be gathered by The Missing Salmon Project will give fishery managers and NGOs the information they need to call for policies that will protect the iconic species, according to groups who have pledged support to the project.

To find out more about the Missing Salmon Project, and to donate to the cause, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/themissingsalmonproject.

To view the Missing Salmon Project Booklet, visit https://issuu.com/missingsalmonproject/docs/missing_salmon_sp_final.

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Policy and Research

The job of the Trust is to show people how both species 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, and the threats to their survival. Until recently this knowledge was confined mainly to the freshwater aspects of their life cycle, but the AST is now focusing on the migration and marine phase of their life cycle.
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Current Priorities

As the UK's only charity whose work is devoted exclusively to the conservation of wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout, the AST's focus is on the whole lives of these fish, in both freshwater and marine environments. Our current priority is to find out why and where salmon and sea trout are dying and the AST is directing its focus on the migration of salmonids, and the lower river, coastal and marine environment.
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Activities and Services

The Trust facilitates research, undertakes projects, organises events and communicates its findings to anglers, fishery managers, owners and the public. To keep our Friends and Supporters informed the Trust will be publishing an annual report, issuing monthly news updates and news flashes and maintaining an up-to-date website.
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