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: www.astauction.com
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 pamela@atlanticsalmontrust.org

Latest News

Limited Edition International Year of the Salmon Reel

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Only 200 of these limited edition 7/9 reels have been produced by Loop.

Celebrating the International Year of the Salmon, each of these uniquely numbered reel has been beautifully engraved with the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

These closed faced classics, featuring the ultra modern power drag matrix system, are being sold in aid of the Atlantic Salmon Trust.
For full details on the reel and how to order, click here

IYOS reel2  IYOS reel1

Thank you to our friends at Loop for their support.


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Moray Firth Project Update

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Trapping, Tagging and Releasing – Dr Matt Newton explains.

This project has been made possible with thanks to our fantastic partners and people like YOU, who have donated and helped put #wildsalmonfirst.


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Statement on Catch Returns for 2018

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The publication today of the official returns of wild salmon caught in Scotland last year makes for grim reading, for all those that hold this iconic species dear, as they are the lowest on record. Whilst the long hot dry summer of 2018 would no doubt have played a role in the low numbers caught the sad news is that fewer salmon are returning to our rivers. This is not just happening in Scotland but for many rivers right around the whole of the Atlantic. As these fish are a very good indicator of the health of our rivers and seas they are telling us that something is terribly wrong.

We, as a society, need to do much better if we are to ensure that wild salmon have a future.

If you want to find out more about what the Atlantic Salmon Trust and partners are doing to understand what is causing this decline then please have a look at our Missing Salmon Project and, get involved with helping to look after these threatened fish. Theories abound but this work will help us find out what is really happening to the salmon and then target what we can do to better look after them for future generations.

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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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