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Research on Atlantic Salmon at Sea

Pelagic Trawl Spacer Shoal Spacer Wilfred Templeman
Courtesy of Marine Institute, Ireland   Courtesy of Gilbert van Ryckevorsel   Courtesy of David Reddin, DFO, Canada

The current period of low abundance of Atlantic salmon appears to be related to poor survival of salmon at sea. For some monitored stocks, marine mortality is currently twice as high as in the 1970s and this has been linked to climate change.

In 2001, NASCO established an International Atlantic Salmon Research Board (IASRB) to promote collaboration and cooperation on research into the causes of marine mortality of Atlantic salmon and the opportunities to counteract this mortality. In 2005, the IASRB developed a comprehensive, innovative programme of research on salmon at sea, the SALSEA Programme, with coordinated marine sampling initiatives launched in 2008. Read more...

In 2014, the IASRB adopted a Resolution to:

  • encourage NASCO Parties to continue the development of local collaborative telemetry projects;
  • encourage the development of large international collaborative telemetry projects that together build upon and expand local efforts;
  • request Parties to make efforts to identify funding sources to support telemetry projects;
  • support the development of the SALSEA Programme by facilitating international collaboration in these areas.

Following a Telemetry Workshop hosted by the IASRB, a new phase of the SALSEA Programme, SALSEA Track, was launched.

NASCO had previously agreed a Resolution on scientific research fishing. Read more...