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Atlantic Salmon Trust


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

£1.3 million has been raised to support this work.


There are two ways that you can support the Atlantic Salmon Trust Projects:
1. Make a bid on the Atlantic Salmon Trust online auction:
2. Make a donation to the Atlantic Salmon Trust or specifically to the Missing Salmon Project.

If you would like to read the latest booklet on the Missing Salmon Project, please click here.

It is also possible to make a donation directly to the Trust. Please contact

Latest News

Moray Firth Tracking Update

Thursday, April 18, 2019

800 Salmon and 50 sea trout smolts, 358 receivers, 10km of rope and 30 tonnes of moorings, plus a vat of coffee. Today marks the stage where everything is set.

30 smolts tagged today, 820 to go.

Today the Atlantic Salmon Trust’s #themissingsalmonproject research team deployed the final receivers in the Moray Firth Tracking Project. It’s taken just over 2 weeks to position a total of 358 receivers in the rivers Deveron, Spey, Findhorn, Ness, Conon, Oykel and Shin, the inner and outer Moray Firth ready to detect over 850 salmon smolts as they begin their migration to their marine feeding grounds. Listen to lead researcher Dr Matt Newton as he explains why.

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Moray Firth Tracking – Sponsor a Smolt

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The competition is underway ! Our teams are out tagging and Usain Smolt will shortly be tagged and released back into the Spey to undertake his great adventure.

If you would like to ‘Sponsor a Smolt’ and take on Usain Smolt, full details can found here.



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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

CD version of the audiobook is available from:

The Audiobook is available to download from Amazon Audible:


Famous faces have donated their precious time to record extracts from the magnificent story of SALAR THE SALMON (Henry Williamson) & narrated by James Murray in order to let you all know how this iconic species needs your help! All proceeds from the audiobook (amazon audible) will go to @atlanticsalmontrust.

Actor James Murray explains why:

‘Wild Atlantic salmon are a vital part of our marine ecosystem, the canaries of our rivers and oceans. Their future as a species is now at near tipping point and yet very few people are aware of this impending crisis. That needs to change quickly, and awareness is key.’ 

HUGE THANKS to #HughFearnley-Whittingstall @HughFW, #SarahParish @sarahparish23, #HughBonneville @bonhughbon, #BurnGorman burngorman1 , #PaulWhitehouse, #NinaSosanya, #JamesStokoe @jamesthebigfish #IainGlen @iainglenofficial , #BobMortimer, #RogerAllam, #MarinaGibson @marinagibsonfishing, #RobsonGreen, #AnthonyCalf, #JamesMurray, @thejimmurray, #strathmorepublishing #salarthesalmon #AtlanticSalmonTrust #Themissingsalmonproject, #wildsalmonmatter, #yearofthesalmon

To find out more about the recording of the Salar the Salmon Audio book visit:


Special Thanks to:

Audiobook Publishers: Strathmore Publishing

Video editing and music: Andy Bancroft Cooke, THEM USEM @themusem @adtbc

Video: Alan Ward, Country Field Media,

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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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