The Atlantic Salmon Trust (AST) was founded in 1967 in response to growing concerns about over exploitation of wild salmon in the Faroes and Greenland Coastal waters. Since then the AST has become one of the UK’s foremost advocates for salmon conservation.
In spring 2018 the Missing Salmon Project was born after an alarming statistic regarding wild salmon numbers: for every 100 salmon that leave UK rivers for the sea, less than 5 return. This is a decline of nearly 70% in just 25 years. The Missing Salmon Project hopes to uncover the salmon migration route to help prevent further decline of this iconic species, by tracking their progress with acoustic fish tags.
In early 2019 RS Aqua supplied over 800 fish tags and over 200 listening receivers to the AST. The tagging project started its work last month in the Moray Firth, the route taken by 20% of all salmon that leave the UK. The lessons learned there will provide valuable insights that are transferable to other salmon populations around the UK.
As Technical Partners RS Aqua were involved in the specification, supply and support of the acoustic telemetry equipment to the Missing Salmon Project, and we’re very pleased to see the project has been featured on the British television program Countryfile on BBC1.