The Missing Salmon Alliance member organisations took to the Curzon Cinema in London on 23rd November 2023 to communicate a range of important messages to an audience of almost 200 guests, focused on how the Alliance is taking direct action to restore wild Atlantic salmon. The evening comprised a number of short films and presentations from all Alliance member organisations: The Atlantic Salmon Trust, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Rivers Trust, Fisheries Management Scotland, The Angling Trust, and Fish Legal.
Together, the Alliance members explained how they are working to deliver cold, clean water at scale and at pace so that wild Atlantic salmon, now an endangered species in most of Great Britain, are to survive present challenges and have a future. Presentations focussed on how the Alliance members are working to achieve action at a catchment-scale, as well as how they are tackling existing threats, including pushing for aquaculture regulation and filling knowledge gaps about marine bycatch.
Above all, the night was about action and how the Alliance is driving forward with solutions across numerous workstreams, including research, restoration, advocacy, policy, regulation, and the law.
The event featured the following speakers who spoke on the subjects listed below.
Peter Landale, Chairman – Atlantic Salmon Trust: The need to deliver cold, clean water at scale and pace.
Mark Bilsby, CEO Atlantic Salmon Trust: Delivering cold, clean water in the freshwater catchment.
Alison Baker, Restoration Director – Atlantic Salmon Trust: The AST’s catchment-scale restoration work on Project Laxford and Project Deveron.
Mark Lloyd, CEO The Rivers Trust – Catchment-scale restoration projects and how to fund them.
Dylan Roberts, Head of Fisheries – Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust: Marine bycatch – the big unknown and what we are learning.
Dr Alan Wells, CEO Fisheries Management Scotland: Aquaculture regulation and tackling emerging threats in the marine zone.
Tessa Wardley, The Rivers Trust: Tackling water pollution through policy and regulation.
Stuart Singleton-White, Head of Campaigns – The Angling Trust: Citizen Science and empowering the angling community.
Penny Gane, Head of Practice – Fish Legal: Holding polluters to account.