Senior Research Officer at IFI Dr. William Roche commented: “This study comprises novel research into a fish species that’s in worrying decline. It’s being conducted because the marine phase of a salmon’s life is where knowledge of its survival is limited.
“We are making use of the strong homing trait of salmon. The aim is to fill a data gap because detailed information about salmon behaviour and migration routes in the ocean is scarce.
“It is hoped that the scientific information gleaned will provide further clues into the complex question of poor survival of salmon at sea.
“We are seeking more data on the return journeys these salmon undertake, and the numbers that actually make it back to the rivers where they are from.”