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Prince of Wales today helps to launched the Missing Salmon Alliance

HRH The Prince of Wales today heklped to launched the Missing Salmon Alliance (MSA). The Prince endorsed the Alliance which has been formed by the Atlantic Salmon Trust, Salmon & Trout Conservation, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, and the Angling Trust with Fish Legal in an effort to fight to reverse the devastating collapse of wild Atlantic salmon around the UK by combining expertise, co-ordinating activities, bringing together research, and advocating effective management solutions.
The Scottish Government figures, taken each year since 1952, show a general decline in large multi-sea-winter salmon since the records began, and a sharp decline in one-sea-winter salmon (between 40% and 66%) between 2010 and 2014. Salmon catches were at their lowest on record in 2018.
It is estimated that throughout the UK, numbers of salmon spending more than a year in the north Atlantic have declined by as much as 88% since the 1970s.
Figures for salmon returning to UK spawning grounds have fallen so low that conservationists fear that if rates continue, wild Atlantic salmon could be lost from many of our rivers over the next 50 years. The organisations across the UK and the Atlantic have been seeking reasons for the decline and undertaking local conservation measures.
The Prince of Wales, Patron of the Atlantic Salmon Trust and Salmon & Trout Conservation, said in a video message to the Forum which launched the MSA on November 26: “The very future of a species that has been swimming in our oceans and seas for over six 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 MSA with support from both the private and public sectors is hugely encouraging.”
The chairman of the Missing Salmon Alliance, David Mayhew, said:
“This is a crisis. In order to try and reverse the decline in salmon populations in the UK we all need to work together. The MSA is a much needed first step and we are now collaborating closely with the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation that brings together Governments from around the whole of the Atlantic. I am delighted with the response we have received and we now need to work incredibly hard on all fronts to reverse the trend.”
At the heart of the MSA is the ‘Likely Suspects Framework’. This is the over-arching framework that will guide the MSA’s strategic thinking. Identifying the key pressures on the Atlantic salmon’s life cycle in collaboration with international scientists and directing action where it is urgently needed to arrest and reverse the declines in wild salmon populations.
Through a combined force of research and evidence-based campaigning the Missing Salmon Alliance will address head-on issues such as predation, aquaculture, habitat degradation and management actions to mitigate against climate change.

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