Acoustic Tracking Project

The Atlantic Salmon Trust has taken its first steps in rolling out its vision for the Acoustic Tracking project. Dr. Matt Newton started with the Trust on 17th May 2017 and is beginning to outline the future of acoustic tracking work within the AST.

Acoustic telemetry is able to identify the migration routes and areas of mortality within smolt migration which currently remain unknown yet widely debated. We now have the ability to track wild smolts further from shore than was previously possible. The AST will be working collaboratively with partners to establish a network of receiver arrays within the marine environment which enable the detection of migrating smolts as they leave the coast of the United Kingdom.

With Matt’s appointment we are now able to offer sound advice in the field of telemetry which is not just limited to acoustic studies. We can aid in grant applications, study designing, methodologies and data analysis. Please feel free to contact Matt (matt@atlanticsalmontrust.org) should you have any queries or wish to discuss your plans.

In the coming weeks we will be planning a workshop on telemetry studies to be held in Autumn of 2017. This workshop will aim to share methods and ideas between research groups as well as generate discussion on topics currently debated within the telemetry world such as range testing and tag size.


The AST Acoustic Tracking project is supported by a 3 year funding package from The Fishmonger’s Company.


The AST helps support local projects with funding, which includes the Deveron, Bogie & Isla Rivers Charitable Trust 2017 Radio Tracking Project. This builds on the acoustic tracking project they conducted in 2016. Deveron Smolt Tracking Report 2016.


Benefits of a Salmonid Acoustic Tracking Network include:

  • Transferring knowledge and experience
  • Cost saving on purchase of equipment
  • Shared use of receiver arrays
  • Co-operation with projects monitoring other iconic marine species such as whales, dolphins and sharks
  • Sharing data to generate a national picture of smolt migration and mortality pinch points.