The Atlantic Salmon Trust was delighted to take part in a River Catchment Biodiversity Workshop on Wednesday 27th August on Deeside, hosted by our partners at Fisheries Management Scotland, as well as other Missing Salmon Alliance members including the Angling Trust and The Rivers Trust. Also present were members and directors from a number of fishery boards as well as representatives from Scottish government agencies. The workshop highlighted the many benefits that Atlantic salmon conservation measures have on the wider ecosystem and how salmon can act as a vital indicator species to help us understand the health of river catchments.
Following the workshop, attendees were invited to Balmoral for a private viewing of the stunning installation art piece, The Salmon School, introduced by its creator, artist Joseph Rossano. The Salmon School is an international, multi-media, traveling art performance and exhibition that casts light on the diminished state of global salmon populations and the habitat on which they depend. The installation features a life-sized school of mirrored salmon-like forms, sculpted from molten glass. It provides a powerful visual message to remind us of what the Atlantic Salmon Trust and our partners are striving towards – plentiful shoals of wild salmon once again returning to our rivers.
During its time at Balmoral, The Salmon School has been seen by over 60,000 visitors, helping to spread awareness of the crisis facing our wild salmon.