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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Latest News

Gala Auction will close at 10.45pm, 25th May 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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 administrator@atlanticsalmontrust.org 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.

DATES: 5th MARCH – 10th MARCH 2018

Thank you and Good Luck!


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Dr. Matt Newton joins the Atlantic Salmon Trust

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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.”

Contact details:
Email: matt@atlanticsalmontrust.org
Mobile: 07833224691
Tel: 0131 221 6552 (Edinburgh Office)


The AST Acoustic Tracking project is the recipient of a three-year funding grant from The Fishmongers’ Company.





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50th Anniversary Gala & Auction

Monday, May 15, 2017

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.

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Successful Headland to Headwater Smolt Conference

Monday, March 20, 2017


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.

http://www.tweedfoundation.org.uk              http://www.atlanticsalmontrust.org


Conference sponsored by:    


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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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