International Year of the Salmon 2019

Together we will take a leap forward for wild salmon

The International Year of the Salmon is a global initiative to protect salmon by bringing people together to share knowledge, raise public awareness and take action.


The International Year of the Salmon brings together countries across the Northern Hemisphere because protecting salmon is critically important to the health of the planet and many of its species – including us.

Together we can inspire, discover and make change.


The International Year of the Salmon will harness ongoing research and kick start partnerships and public action in Europe, North America and Asia.

Together, we can give salmon a better chance to survive and thrive.


Anyone who cares about the survival of salmon can get involved in the International Year of the Salmon. Experts are needed – but it will takes passion and commitment of people from all walks of life to make a difference.

Even the smallest contribution can help. Everyone has a role to play.


S&TC will be heavily involved in International Year of the Salmon 2019, and we need your help!

This is a fantastic campaign, with involvement from multiple NGOs and charities. We are using this opportunity to collaborate with other charities to highlight the plight of salmon populations globally, to share our research and to work together to stem and reverse this decline.


We will be collaborating with partners all across the Northern Hemisphere to further our research (and action) on the threats that salmon face.

The crucial research costs money. We are an independent charity receiving no government funding and rely on support from concerned, conservation-minded people just like you. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.


We have a range of exciting and important events planned to celebrate IYS 2019 and help protect and conserve salmon as part of a global effort.

These events will be added to this page in the coming weeks. You can also sign up to our newsletter to keep fully up to date with what we are up to and how the International Year of the salmon is progressing. 


Atlantic salmon populations across their range are in a serious and consistent decline, yet this important and fascinating species has a relationship with humankind stretching back into prehistory.

We will be releasing regular educational resources designed to inspire, inform and enlighten on the plight of the salmon and it's incredible life cycle.

Latest IYS news

S&TC ask Sir David to talk salmon for IYS

In this International Year of the Salmon, we asked Sir David Attenborough for his views on the need to protect all populations of wild salmon.  The following video gives a very clear message to Governments across the Northern Hemisphere that they need to act now if we are not going to lose the ‘King of Fish’ for ever!

We will continue our current work on reforming unsustainable salmon farming and improving water quality, both vital issues affecting the health of wild salmon populations.

However, the greater support we receive, the more influential we can be. Please support us here

S&TC leaves the Missing Salmon Alliance

By Communications | 17/07/2020
After discussion and detailed consideration of the tactical approach, the Missing Salmon Alliance has decided to pursue an advocacy course by engaging with the Scottish government with respect to future regulation of the aquaculture sector. Salmon and Trout Conservation (S&TC) has decided to withdraw from the Alliance to pursue an alternative approach. The Missing Salmon Alliance […]

NASCO 2020

By Communications | 11/06/2020
Paul Knight reports on the 37th Annual Meeting of NASCO The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) met for its Annual Meeting in the first week of June, although this year, uniquely, all the meetings were held virtually by video link, with those not directly involved being able to listen in by phone.  Despite concerns […]

S&TCS writes to Scottish Ministers: MSA position on salmon farming regulation

By Communications | 02/04/2020
Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland (S&TCS) writes to Scottish Ministers to outline Missing Salmon Alliance’s formally agreed position on salmon farming regulation. Roseanna Cunningham MSP Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Fergus Ewing MSP Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy 2 April 2020   Dear Ministers Regulation of salmon farming with particular reference […]

Missing Salmon Alliance: Urgent Implementation of new system of regulation for fish farms

By Communications | 25/03/2020
The Missing Salmon Alliance members today published updated guidance on the need for the urgent implementation of a new system of regulation for fish farms in Scotland. 25 March 2020 Regulation must include: 1.            The clear identification of a Scottish public authority with the statutory function of protecting wild fish from […]

Scottish Ministers’ lamentable failure to regulate salmon farming

By Communications | 21/02/2020
Scottish Ministers’ lamentable failure to regulate salmon farming to protect wild fish continues, while industry’s relentless expansion gathers pace  Almost two years after first Parliamentary report said  “the status quo is not an option”, S&TCS, other NGOs and Scottish community groups warn that their next step is to call and campaign for a boycott of Scottish farmed […]

Can a “feed the world” mantra justify trashing our marine environment?

By Communications | 09/12/2019
“The suggestion that salmon farming is somehow justifiable in order to feed the world simply will not wash.” Andrew Graham-Stewart, Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland I have been cursing Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary in Scotland for the Rural Economy, of late. Of course, it is nothing personal. I will explain. On November 6 I […]

S&TC and Patagonia deliver 170,000 strong petition to Scottish Parliament

By Communications | 12/09/2019
Our partnership with Patagonia in this campaign has been extremely effective. Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland (S&TCS) are pleased to have been able to orchestrate the delivery of Patagonia Inc’s “Artifishal” petition against open-net salmon farming, which we supported, to Gillian Martin MSP, Convener of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee at the Scottish Parliament. Patagonia’s credibility on […]

Sea lice numbers on salmon farms double in a single year

By Communications | 21/08/2019
Total sea lice numbers on salmon farms double in a single year. Industry and official SEPA data underline how the rush to expand salmon farm production is massively increasing the risks to wild salmon and sea trout. “A moratorium on salmon farm expansion is now more essential than ever” Andrew Graham-Stewart, Director of Salmon and […]

Response to MOWI decision to close Loch Ewe salmon farm

By Communications | 25/07/2019
Mowi (previously Marine Harvest) has announced that it is to close its highly contentious salmon farm in Loch Ewe, Wester Ross.   Andrew Graham-Stewart, Director of S&TC Scotland (S&TCS), said:  “We welcome Mowi’s decision to close the Loch Ewe farm. There can be no doubt that the decision is a vindication of S&TCS’ long campaign […]

Salmon stock exploitation: Wales delays, while England acts

By Communications | 01/07/2019
Salmon stock exploitation: Wales delays, while England acts On the 14th June 2019, in response to troubling results from their own analysis of Severn salmon stocks, the Environment Agency (EA) implemented an emergency bylaw prohibiting the use of certain nets in the estuary and imposed compulsory catch and release on all other nets and rod and line fisheries on […]

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