What is NASCO?
NASCO is an international organization, established by an inter-governmental Convention in 1984. The objective of NASCO is to conserve, restore, enhance and rationally manage Atlantic salmon through international cooperation taking account of the best available scientific information.
Why is NASCO needed?
The marine migrations of the Atlantic salmon take it from its river of birth to distant-water feeding grounds in the sub-Arctic and into the fisheries zones of other countries where it may be exploited. Rational management of this resource can, therefore, only be achieved through international cooperation. Regulatory and other measures established by NASCO and its Parties have greatly reduced harvests of salmon all around the North Atlantic.
Additionally, there are many other pressures on the resource (e.g. habitat degradation; impacts of aquaculture, introductions and transfers; illegal exploitation) where international cooperation is proving to be valuable.
How is NASCO organised?
Only Governments are members of NASCO, which has six Parties: Canada, Denmark (in respect of the Faroe Islands & Greenland), the European Union, Norway, the Russian Federation and the United States of America. France (in respect of St.Pierre & Miquelon) attends NASCO's meetings as an observer. Iceland withdrew from NASCO with effect from 31 December 2009 because of financial considerations, but has indicated that it intends to re-accede to the Convention when the economic situation improves. NASCO also has 34 accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Read more...
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