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The SALSEA Programme

SALSEA is an international programme of co-operative research, adopted in 2005, designed to improve understanding of the migration and distribution of salmon at sea in relation to feeding opportunities and predation.

SALSEA contains a comprehensive mix of freshwater, estuarine, coastal and offshore elements, ensuring a thorough overview of factors which may affect the mortality of Atlantic salmon and the opportunities to counteract them. It differentiates between tasks which can be achieved through enhanced co-ordination of existing ongoing research, and those involving new research for which funding is required. SALSEA comprises four separate Work Packages:supporting technologies; early migration through the inshore zone; investigating the distribution and migration of salmon at sea; communications.

Under SALSEA, marine surveys were conducted in the North-East (SALSEA Merge) and Northwest (SALSEA North America) Atlantic together with enhanced sampling at West Greenland (SALSEA West Greenland), and other major research initiatives. The NASCO/ICES 'Salmon Summit' allowed for the review of the findings of this research. Read about SALSEA findings...

In 2012/2013 the Board reviewed its research priorities.
The Board noted that genetic stock identification and other advances in the field of genetics, migration modeling, tracking and studies of the diet of salmon at sea all have considerable implications for management and there have been advances in all these areas of research under the SALSEA Programme. The Board decided that a particular focus should now be studies to partition mortality of salmon among the phases of the marine migration and it established a Telemetry Sub-Group to advise on the development of an international programme of research. Read more...

In 2014, as a fisrt step in developing an International Telemetry Programme, the Board hosted a Workshop. Read more...

SALSEA Documents

Structure of SALSEA

Overview of SALSEA
The SALSEA Programme
Report of the Meeting of the Sub-Group on the Future Direction of Research on Marine Survival of Salmon
Report of the SAG Sub-Group on Telemetry
Resolution of the International Atlantic Salmon Research Board (IASRB) on Research on Salmon at Sea
Report of NASCO’s International Atlantic Salmon Research Board’s Telemetry Workshop

Photos courtesy of the Marine Institute, Ireland; Atlantic Salmon Federation, Canada; Gilbert van Ryckevorsel; Dr Jens Christian Holst, Norway; Atlantic Salmon Federation & Bill Curtsing, Canada; Dr Jens Christian Holst, Norway; Mr David Reddin, Canada.

Gear Trial
Tracking Work
Schoal Swimming
Gear Trial
Live Catch Trawl
Wilfred Templeman