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Blue Book Proceedings of the 2019 SAMARCH Project International Salmonid Coastal and Marine Telemetry Workshop

Edited by Ken Whelan, Dylan Roberts and Janina Gray

The Atlantic Salmon Trust, Salmon & Trout Conservation and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust are delighted to publish the proceedings of the 2019 SAMARCH Project International Salmonid Coastal and Marine Telemetry Workshop, which was held in Southampton on the 5th and 6th of November 2019.

The aim of the workshop was to bring together leaders in the field, raise awareness of projects, discuss the techniques used, results found, emerging new technologies and to forge closer relationships within the scientific community. The event attracted some 90 delegates from nine countries, from both the Atlantic and Pacific Regions. The event was chaired by Paul Knight, Chief Executive of Salmon & Trout Conservation and expertly summarised in the closing address by Ken Whelan of the Atlantic Salmon Trust.

Telemetry is a key component of the SAlmonid MAnagement Round the CHannel (SAMARCH*) project which aims to assess the survival of salmon and sea trout smolts through estuaries flowing into the English Channel and the marine movements and habitat use of sea trout. For further information please visit

We have published the proceedings in the Atlantic Salmon Trust’s long-established blue book series, which is designed to be succinct and digestible.

Read the Blue Book here

The editors are grateful to the authors for submitting excellent summaries of their talks. We are also grateful to Thelma Biotel, RS Aqua, Vemco, Cefas Technology, Biomark, Wildlife Computers and Lotek for part sponsoring the event.

*SAMARCH is a €7.8m five-year project (2017-2022), part funded by the France England Interreg Channel VA Programme. The project will provide new transferable scientific evidence to inform the management of salmon and sea trout (salmonids) in the estuaries and coastal waters of both the French and English sides of the Channel.

Jon Carr of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, Canada, discussing the Atlantic salmon smolt and kelt tracking work in a number of rivers flowing into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

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