#BiodiversityDay offers us a chance to highlight the amazing diversity of species with which we share this planet. Today, we would like to showcase the fantastic Salmonid Management Round the Channel (SAMARCH) Interreg-funded, EU project.
There has been a drastic decline in the number of Atlantic salmon in the English Channel and the SAMARCH team have been researching the causes of this decline. Atlantic salmon are an iconic species and form an incredibly important part of the ecosystem of our rivers.
Find out more on the SAMARCH website about the incredible work they are doing here
Researchers hosted a landowners event at The River Laboratory in Dorchester. This event aimed to inform the landowners about the progress of research on the Atlantic Salmon project, and give them the opportunity to directly see what is involved. A fantastic day was had by all!
To celebrate World Ocean Day, High School students from Thomas Hardye School participated in a River Ecology Workshop at The River Laboratory in Dorchester. The students learnt about the importance of freshwater ecosystems and Atlantic Salmon Conservation. It was fantastic to see the students getting invovled!
Genoveva Esteban and Katie Thompson from the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences at Bournemouth University engaged with a Skype a Scientist session to talk about salmon conservation to celebrate the International Year of The Salmon. They spoke to 90 school children about the fascinating world of Atlantic Salmon – the pupils were shocked to learn how large Atlantic Salmon can grow!