Marina Gibson is an ambassador for the Atlantic Salmon Trust (AST). The River Dee Trust is one of the many organisations that are involved with the Acoustic Smolt Tagging Programme led by the AST. This will result in understanding the constraints to survival at sea and developing new ways of protecting stocks during their marine phase. Wild Atlantic salmon have declined from eight to 10 million fish in the early 1980s to three
to four million fish in 2016. There are many reasons for the fall, including rising sea temperatures, by-catch, impact of aquaculture and predators, but with the expertise of scientists and technology we have a chance of finding out where the main problem lies. You can “become a friend” of the AST for £20 a year. Your money will be spent on AST
projects and you can designate your donation to a particular project, if you wish.