Save Our Salmon
The Atlantic Salmon
The Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) is an enigmatic species and the basis for a huge recreational angling sector in Britain. It is an anadromous, migratory fish and therefore undertakes the majority of its growth phase in the marine environment but requires access to clear, fast-flowing, gravel-substrate areas in the headwaters of rivers in order to successfully spawn.
What is the issue?
The 2014 assessment of Atlantic salmon stocks showed a further decline on previous surveys to the lowest catches on record, and therefore action must be taken immediately if we are to halt the demise of this iconic part of our natural heritage. It was recently estimated that a “severe decline” in salmon stocks would equate to an overall societal economic loss of £350 million annually in England and Wales alone.
Click here to read full report by EA on Economic evaluation of Inland Fisheries 2009.
The Angling Trust was voted to lead the 'Save Our Salmon' campaign by readers of Trout and Salmon magazine, and therefore in the years ahead we intend to commit a great deal of time and resources into reversing Atlantic salmon decline.
What are we doing and how will your donations be spent?
Predation by Cormorants and Goosanders
What have we already achieved and what will we be doing?
More generally, the work of the Angling Trust has encouraged the government to hold a ‘Salmon Summit’ and there is already talk of suspending netting, while the Environment Agency has recently launched its Salmon Five Point Approach to restore salmon populations in England.
The Angling Trust is a partner organisation in the Salmon Five Point Approach (full document here) and we will be delivering on several key measures throughout the 18-month plan. These will include attempts to reduce the impacts of recreational rod angling on salmon populations by local voluntary measures and producing guidance on best practice for salmon handling, in addition to implementing a proposal to improve private sector support for enforcement. The Angling Trust will also be continuing its ongoing work with its Fisheries Management Advisors to promote more effective control of predation of salmon smolts by goosanders and cormorants.
We intend to continue to pressure the government and Environment Agency for targeting and urgent action, while challenging the proposals for mandatory catch and release laws for anglers, who already release around 77% of all fish captured.
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