**PLEASE NOTE: We are busy with a a major platform structural change – so this is currently work in progess!”**
The compilation of the Salmon Atlas has been genuinely hard work for our team of researchers. Their efforts and endeavours quickly proved to us just how much this atlas was needed. Finding out the names and locations of many of the rivers included in this atlas has been surprisingly difficult – but it has been a most enjoyable journey of discovery. Whenever we worked on a new country we became increasingly eager to go and fish there. In a way, that is the first reason for this work – to encourage us to explore the salmon’s world, then travel to fish for them.
Several individuals have been involved in the construction of this website and to them we offer our most grateful thanks. We also recognise that this is really just the start, – so development and improvement will continue.
Despite the team’s efforts, we are sure there will be many errors and omissions, so please do notify the team via the forum about these. Sadly, we are sure too that we have included rivers which have few salmon left. Take for instance the once glorious Vosso in Norway. We just couldn’t leave it out even though mankind has virtually wiped out an entire population of what was probably the finest quality race of Atlantic salmon in the world.
This of course brings us on to the second reason for this atlas – to highlight the plight of the salmon worldwide. The salmon is an iconic race of fish that travel huge distances across the globe during their life span. They demand very little – all they need is clean water (and gravel), food supplies and free passage. Do they get it? – not nearly often enough. This atlas will help support and promote those vital conservation bodies such as the NASF in order to raise awareness and the funds necessary to safeguard the salmon’s survival.
The rivers on these maps have been painstakingly compiled by Jonathan Cleminson and artist Gillie Cawthorne. Research by Dr Colin Bradshaw, Jonathan Cleminson and friends. Many of the outlines are reproduced under licence and are under strict copyright.
The compilation of this Atlas could not have been possible without the wonders of the internet and the truly magnificent satellite imagery and detailed road maps delivered through the following: Google Maps, Microsoft Maps, Finn Kart, Multimap and the Atlas of Canada. We are also grateful to YouTube, Flickr and the wonderful Wikipedia for their willingness to share their information. Through the world wide web we can now follow and admire the salmon wherever it roams.