AST – Presidents club reception at the House of Commons

During the heated atmosphere of a vote of confidence within the house of commons last week, the Atlantic Salmon Trust held a wonderful event in the Churchhill room at parliament. We were focused on other important issues that our Atlantic Salmon are currently facing around the Atlantic Ocean.

We were delighted to have MP Alister Jack host the reception on behalf of the president of the Atlantic Salmon Trust, Earl George Percy. During the event we welcomed speakers Alister Jack, Peter Landale and Mark Bilsby who all talked about how important the Missing Salmon Project is and the main aims of the project.Professor Ken Whelan was on hand to educate us all around some of the technical scientific elements of the project and there was a huge amount of support from the guests.

The missing salmon project is well underway and it outlines how we are striving to reverse our declining Atlantic Salmon Stocks. The new year will bring the launch to begin the Moray Firth acoustic tracking project.

As part of our efforts to “Save the Atlantic Salmon” we are expanding our Presidents Club. The Presidents Club will have a limited number of key supporters who care passionately about the Atlantic Salmon and can help provide financial sustainability to fund the Trusts project work and core costs.

The Presidents club is hosted by our President, Earl George Percy. George is a hugely keen fisherman and passionate about the future survival of Atlantic Salmon as a species. George is dedicated to scientific research as the route to finding a solution to halt the salmon population decline and will be hosting a Presidents Club meeting once a year at Fishmongers Hall in London to present our projects and strategy, and invite comment on the Trusts work. We also host trip for our Presidents once a year, last year we took our presidents to Iceland, in 2019 we will be inviting them to the Moray Firth to see first hand the project underway.

Major donors of the Trust are asked for a minimum contribution of £5,000 a year for a period of 5 years to join the Presidents Club. We are funding 3 significant projects into Atlantic Salmon: Acoustic Tracking, eDNA and Aquaculture. The Presidents Club will help the Trusts finance these ambitious project areas and help answer “What is happening to our salmon at Sea?”.

If you would like to learn more about the Presidents Club please contact director@atlanticsalmontrust.org