An ambitious salmon tracking study is starting to shed light on how the species uses the west coast of Scotland.

The West Coast Tracking Project is a unique study delivered in partnership between Marine Scotland, Fisheries Management Scotland and the Atlantic Salmon Trust which aims to better understand how our young salmon smolts use the West Coast of Scotland, with the ultimate goal of better protecting them.

Following the launch of the project in spring 2021, the work is starting to indicate migratory patterns and preferences, including how individual smolts move through sea lochs and their speed of travel.

The early findings also show that our salmon smolts disperse widely along the west coast and migrate using many different routes.