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Two-year program will try to halt decline of wild Atlantic salmon

Staff Writer | April 4, 2018
An international project which aims to track scores of wild Atlantic salmon over the next two years was launched as part of Europe's largest effort to halt the decline of the species.
Atlantic salmon
Seafood   The marine survival
Anglers gathered at the River Garry to herald the beginning of the Missing Salmon Project, which hopes to discover why this iconic fish is in such sharp decline, essential if effective measures are to be found to reverse their fortunes.

The organisation behind the project, the Atlantic Salmon Trust (AST), announced it is aiming to raise £1 million via crowdfunding to support the tracking project.

The marine survival of the wild salmon population has declined by 70 percent in just 25 years.

Executive director of the AST, Sarah Bayley Slater, said: “Salmon have been around for more than 60 million years, but their future looks very bleak indeed. If the decline we’ve seen across the Atlantic and in Scotland continues, the wild Atlantic salmon could be an endangered species in our lifetime.

“In launching the Missing Salmon Project, we are making our stand now and giving our generation a chance to save the species before it’s too late.”

The Missing Salmon Project will supplement the work the AST is carrying out with international partners which identifies and aims to quantify the causes for salmon mortality on their journey from river to sea and back again.

With global populations of wild Atlantic salmon declining from 8-10 million in the 1970s to 3-4 million fish today, the project will have an international impact.