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The Precautionary Approach

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NASCO and its Parties have agreed to adopt and apply a Precautionary Approach to the conservation, management and exploitation of salmon in order to protect the resource and preserve the environments in which it lives. Read more...

The Precautionary Approach requires that more caution is exercised when information is uncertain, unreliable or inadequate. The absence of adequate scientific information should not be used as a reason for postponing conservation and management measures. The Precautionary Approach requires inter alia:

  • consideration of the needs of future generations;
  • avoidance of changes that are not potentially reversible;
  • prior identification of undesirable outcomes;
  • initiation of corrective measures without delay;
  • priority to be given to conserving the productive capacity of the resource;
  • appropriate placement of the burden of proof.

NASCO has developed Precautionary Approach agreements in relation to:

NASCO has developed Precautionary Approach Guidelines and Guidance on:

  • Management of Salmon Fisheries
  • Protection, Restoration and Enhancement of Atlantic Salmon Habitat Read more...
  • Best Management Practices to Address Impacts of Sea Lice and Escaped Farmed Salmon on Wild Salmon Stocks Read more...
  • Use of Stock Rebuilding Programmes in the Context of the Precautionary Management of Salmon Stocks Read more...
  • Incorporating Social and Economic Factors in Decisions under the Precautionary Approach Read more...

Progress in implementing these Agreements and Guidelines is assessed through review of Implementation Plans and Progress Reports. Read more...