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.

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50th Anniversary Annual Online Auction 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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
Email: info@atlanticsalmontrust.org

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Sea trout near salmon farms more infested with sea lice

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sea trout swimming close to salmon farms in Ireland and in Scotland have been found to be carrying significantly higher levels of sea lice infestation than those swimming further away from such farms.

Research carried out by scientists at Inland Fisheries Ireland and Argyll Fisheries Trust in Scotland also found sea trout swimming close to salmon farms had reduced weight.

The study saw the team of researchers examine sea lice levels of more than 20,000 sea trout from 94 rivers and lakes here and in Scotland over a period of 25 years.

The infestation levels were worse during years where rainfall was lowest. During such periods, an average sea trout caught within 10kms of a farm weighed up to 10g less than similar sized fish caught over 40kms from a farm.

Sea trout are considered to be particularly vulnerable to sea lice because they spend extended periods in waters close to coasts, where salmon farms can typically be found.

Sea lice infestation is considered bad for sea trout because it impacts negatively on the condition of their bodies, causes them to change their migration patterns and has been linked to increased death.

Between 1974 and 2014 18 Connemara fisheries reported a collapse in rod catch of seat trout over the 1989/1990 period linked to lice infestation from salmon farms.

Since then the level of sea trout rod catches has not recovered to the level it was at before the collapse.

Angling is worth €836 million to the Irish economy every year and supports upwards of 11,000 jobs.

The research was published in the international journal Aquaculture Environment Interactions.

Thanks to RTE for the article.

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Read About The Rejuvenated AST

Thursday, January 12, 2017

My colleague Richard Scrope and I were invited to attend the London launch of the reinvigorated Atlantic Salmon Trust with its new and enthusiastic team. The object of the reception was to brief the huge turnout on the new team and their objectives. The evening was opened by new Chairman Robbie Douglas-Miller, the lead scientist Ken Wheelan then gave an intriduction to the preview of the film Lost at Sea, a documentary which seeks to work out what happens to British salmon at sea. Executive Director Sarah Bayley Slater followed up with a briefing on the three key objectives of the Trust at this time and what funds are needed to be raised. Finally Fund raising Chairman Peter Landale briefed us on all the ways we can support AST commencing with being a friend of the AST for just £20 a year.

The three main areas of focus are:

Acoustic Telemetry Tracking – do our smolts die in large quantities in the lower river and coastal zones and if so, why? Amount required £280,000 for three years work.

Environmental DNA – understanding pelagic by-catch. Amount required £125,000 for three years work.

Salmon Aquaculture – how can the wild and the farmed exist in harmony? Amount required £125,000 for three years work.

The AST requires a further £250,000 a year for Head Office. It seeks to raise an additional £3,000,000 as an endowment fund.

There will be a 50th Anniversary Gala dinner on 25th May as a major fundraising effort.

Frontiers will be supporting the AST and we believe all UK salmon fishermen should too. However small the support, it will be greatly appreciated. Please contact director@atlanticsalmontrust.org to support or take a table at the dinner on 25th May.

Tarquin Millington-Drake

Thanks to Frontiers Travel International for the article.

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Catch & Release

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

AST was recently invited by our friends in FishPal to work with them and the Angling Trust in producing a short film on Catch & Release.

Anne Woodcock of FishPal approached Allendale Estates who generously gave us the full use of the Bywell beat on the River Tyne over last weekend. Despite almost mid-summer conditions, our volunteer anglers provided us with two magnificent seventeen pound cock fish and a beautiful, silver 5 pounder to work with. Fittingly the first 17lb fish fell to 19 year old Jess England, the youngest of our anglers and the second brute was caught by 77 year old Tom Robinson! The film crew of Andy Ford and Laurence Weaver of Ford Media, did a splendid job in capturing all of the action. In the film Professor Ken Whelan shows how to release salmon and provides anglers with a set of simple rules to follow when releasing both silver and dark fish. The film will be widely available to all salmon anglers early in the New Year.

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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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