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The SALSEA Programme

The SALSEA Programme 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. View the structure of SALSEA and an overview of SALSEA.

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. View FAQs about SALSEA...

Under SALSEA, the Board has implemented a major programme of marine surveys in the North-East (SALSEA Merge) and Northwest (SALSEA North America) Atlantic and enhanced sampling at West Greenland (SALSEA West Greenland), and there have been 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. Read more...
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 develop a 'roadmap' for the development of an international programme of research.
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In the light of the Telemetry Sub-Group's report, the Board adopted a Resolution encouraging telemetry-based studies and hosted an international workshop to develop an international programme.

 

 

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