The Marquess of Hamilton, Algernon Percy and Tony Andrews met an invited audience of young AST supporters from the City of London. The venue and facilities were kindly provided by Jo Hambro Investment Management Ltd .
Algernon Percy told the audience about the genesis of AST and its achievements, especially in the early stages of the SALSEA (Salmon at Sea) Project. Tony Andrews then set out the future priorities of AST's work. You can find a PDF of Tony's presentation here.
The questions that followed both presentations revealed the audience’s interest in and impressive knowledge of the challenges facing wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout. The ensuing discussion was lively and wide-ranging, covering aspects of salmon farming; how natural smolt output can be maximised; migratory routes of both species in the ocean and coastal waters, and how they can be protected; the importance of genetic mapping; predation, and mitigating the effects of man-made obstructions.
The level of enthusiasm and commitment to conserving stocks of wild fish was hugely encouraging and demonstrated that the AST's future is assured if the next generation now starts to become actively involved in the Trust's work. As a result of the success of the first LC meeting we have decided, thanks to the support of Algernon Percy, to hold the second meeting in the evening of the 10th of December, also at the offices of J O Hambro Investment Management Ltd.