The Missing Salmon Alliance

The wild Atlantic salmon is in crisis and could be lost from many rivers within our lifetime if action is not taken now.

The decline in wild salmon stocks across the North Atlantic has been dramatic, with an estimated decrease of multi–sea–winter fish of between 54% to 88% and of grilse between 40% to 66% since the 1970s.

The changing marine environment, exacerbated by climate change; water quality; predation; coastal development; aquaculture, changing farming practices and netting have all been identified as likely suspects in the decline of the species but there is an urgent need to put all the pieces of the jigsaw together to arrest the decline and to protect and preserve our wild Atlantic salmon.

Farlows is delighted to support the work of the Missing Salmon Alliance in this respect, an organisation that is bringing together the leading salmon conservation bodies, including the Atlantic Salmon Trust, Salmon & Trout Conservation, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, and the Angling Trust with Fish Legal, to combine their expertise, coordinate funding and activities and advocate effective management solutions to ensure Atlantic salmon survive and thrive in our rivers and seas for future generations.

HRH, The Prince of Wales, Patron of the Atlantic Salmon Trust and Salmon & Trout Conservation, said in a video message at the launch of Missing Salmon Alliance at Fishmongers‘ Hall: “The very future of a species that has been swimming in our oceans and seas for over 6 million years will be in jeopardy…. We simply cannot allow this to happen in our lifetime…

Having our four leading salmon conservation organisations working together, through the Missing Salmon Alliance with support from both the private and public sectors is hugely encouraging.”

You can find out more about the Missing Salmon Alliance and offer your support at www.missingsalmonalliance.org

Ian Welch

A freshwater biologist by training I drifted into angling journalism and am now Farlows Group marketing manager. A hopelessly inadequate fly angler (the team are hoping to put that right.) I have fished all over the world and am now most at home fishing for River Test grayling, River Ebro catfish, Indian mahseer, or battling giant freshwater stingray on the Thai rivers. Away from my rod I do a bit of shooting and a lot of fruit and vegetable growing!