salmon re­search

The Field - - Young In The Field -

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.

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