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Symposium here

Please find the draft programme for the Symposium here


Managing the Atlantic salmon in a Rapidly Changing Environment - Management Challenges and Possible Responses

3 & 4 June 2019

Scandic Ishavshotel, Tromsø, Norway

Scandic Hotel, Tromso
The Symposium takes place at the Scandic Ishavshotel in
the centre of the city - Photo courtesy of Eva Thorstad

To mark the International Year of the Salmon, a two-day Symposium will be held ahead of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization’s (NASCO) Annual Meeting, which in 2019 is being hosted by Norway in Tromsø. Attendance is open to all, and people connected with, inspired by or passionate about wild Atlantic salmon are encouraged to register. The focus will be on challenges facing the Atlantic salmon and possible responses that can help conserve this precious resource in a rapidly changing environment.

The Symposium is structured under two main themes:

  1. Climate change and state of the salmon, with scientific overviews being provided on these subjects; and
  2. Management challenges and solutions.

Perspectives will be provided from a number of different viewpoints, including managers, scientists, NGOs and Indigenous People. Participation in finding solutions to the many challenges facing this iconic species is encouraged through discussion, the provision of posters and networking during the event’s social activities.

The draft programme of speakers can be found here.


Symposium participants are invited to a reception on Sunday evening, 2 June, in the iconic pub Ølhallen in Tromsø.

Day One of the Symposium will start at 08:45 and is anticipated to conclude at 17:30. There will be a Symposium dinner held on the Monday evening at the Scandic Ishavshotel.

Day Two will commence at 09:00 and is expected to conclude at 15:30.

The Symposium Steering Committee will be drawing together the conclusions from the two days to take forward as recommendations to the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization’s (NASCO) Annual Meeting. NASCO exists to conserve, restore, enhance and rationally manage Atlantic salmon through international co-operation taking account of the best available scientific information.

View over Hillesøya and Sommarøy - Photo courstesy of Frank Andreassen

Tromsø is the largest city in Northern Norway and is home to landmarks such as the Arctic Cathedral surrounded by mountains rising up from the fjord. In June symposium participants will experience the midnight sun with Tromsø being situated north of the Arctic circle. The Scandic Ishavshotel, where the Symposium takes place, is located on the Western Quay in the centre of the city.

More information about the city can be found on the Visit Tromsø website. We look forward to welcoming you in June.