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

Over £1million is needed to support this work.


There are two ways that you can support the Atlantic Salmon Trust Campaigns:
1. Make a bid on the Atlantic Salmon Trust online auction: www.astauction.com
2. Make a donation to the Crowd Funding Campaign: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/themissingsalmonproject

It is also possible to make a donation directly to the Trust. Please contact pamela@atlanticsalmontrust.org

Latest News

Hardy and Salmon and Trout Conservation join forces for outstanding flagship lot.

Monday, November 12, 2018


The Atlantic Salmon Trust are delighted to support our sister organisation Salmon & Trout Conservation with their forthcoming Dinner and Annual Auction.

This is on the back of their exciting new partnership with leading tackle manufacturer, Hardy. This collaboration will see the two organisations work together on various projects to conserve wild fish and their waters, including the production and auction of two truly bespoke Hardy outfits for S&TC’s glittering auction this November.

The Atlantic Salmon Trust are pleased to see such a collaboration between these organisation that combine their mutual passion for protecting wild fish and their habitats.

The flagship lot at this year’s S&TC auction is an extremely generous contribution from Hardy. Details for the lots on offer and how to bid, can be found at https://salmon-troutauction.com/lite-ui/?controller=home

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International Year of the Salmon

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

International Year of the Salmon


Last week Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham was on the banks of the River Earn at Forteviot in Perth and Kinross to launch the International Year of the Salmon in Scotland. Also present to wish the salmon well for the future were representatives of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO),Dr Emma Hatfield, Secretary General and the NASCO President, Joannes Hansen. They were joined by Dr Mark Saunders and Professor Kim Suam, of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC). Dr Saunders and Professor Suam had officiated over the North Pacific launch of IYS in Vancouver some weeks ago.

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The International Year of the Salmon is aninitiative of NASCO (based in Edinburgh)and the NPAFC. It aims to establish a new hemispheric-scale partnership of governments, indigenous peoples, academia, NGOs, and industry to effectively connect the hundreds of organisations that have capacity and desire to address the scientific and social challenges facing salmon in an increasingly uncertain environment.


The focal year of the International Year of the Salmon will take place in 2019, which involves major outreach initiatives targeted and adapted to different audiences and areas. The subsequent years, to 2022, will be intensely research focused and will fill knowledge gaps, develop tools to equip and train a new generation of scientists and managers and raise awareness among decision-makers on the plight of salmon in a rapidly changing world.


Some IYS Signature Research Projects will address gaps in our understanding of salmon and provide tools to improve forecasting and management of salmon. These include: a “Likely Suspects” programme to identify key factors affecting the survival of salmon from freshwater to the high seas and back (based around the AST’s Likely Suspects Framework), the application of new technologies—such as telemetry, genomics (including the new Atlantic salmon eDNA probe, developed by University College Dublin and AST), and microchemistry—to unlock the mysteries of salmon migration and survival, high-tech solutions to ensure more young salmon make it to the ocean and the design of modern, pro-active salmon management systems.

We in AST are delighted to be so closely associated with IYS and are working closely with other salmon conservation and management groups (FMS, Salmon & Trout UK, The Angling Trust, IFM and The Fishmongers Company) to make the most of this unique and seminal event.


Please do continue to visit the AST website for information on the various conferences, workshops and events taking place over 2019.


Useful Links:






International ConferenceManaging the Atlantic salmon in a rapidly changing environment – management challenges and possible responses –   3rd & 4th  June 2019, Scandic Ishavshotel, Tromsø, Norway.



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AST responds to current images circulating of salmon with heavy sea lice burdens.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Atlantic Salmon Trust is appalled at recent press reports of salmon, in Loch Roag on the Isle of Lewis, dying as they return from the sea infested with massive burdens of sea lice, along with similar footage of salmon in nearby fish farm cages. The Trust finds these lice levels and the damage they are doing to wild and farmed fish absolutely abhorrent, as it goes against our core aim of protecting wild salmon. In this day and age there can be no excuses if lice levels are allowed to build up to damaging levels.


We believe that Marine Scotland Fish Health Inspectorate and the SSPCA are investigating these reports on the fish farms. The Atlantic Salmon Trust is of the view that these findings must be made public and swiftly acted upon so that lice levels can be controlled and not allowed to harm the vulnerable stocks of wild salmon.


To view the current AST position on Aquaculture please visit http://www.atlanticsalmontrust.org/aquaculture/

Professor Ken Whelan, AST Research Director, review on the impacts of sea lice, can be viewed by visiting


For details on the images please visit https://www.salmon-trout.org/2018/09/03/wild-adult-salmon-run-decimated-by-sea-lice/


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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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