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International Year of the Salmon

International Year of the Salmon


Scottish Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, celebrated the Scottish launch of the International Year of the Salmon on the banks of the River Earn in late October 2018. She was joined by NASCO representatives Dr Emma Hatfield, Secretary General and President, Joannes Hansen, Dr Mark Saunders and Professor Kim Suam, of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC).

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The International Year of the Salmon aims to establish a new hemispheric-scale partnership of governments, indigenous peoples, academia, NGOs, and industry to effectively connect the hundreds of organisations that have capacity and desire to address the scientific and social challenges facing salmon in an increasingly uncertain environment.

2019 will see major outreach initiatives across the globe and subsequent years, to 2022, will be research focused. Aims of IYoS are to raise awareness and to fill knowledge gaps, develop tools to equip and train a new generation of scientists and managers and raise awareness among decision-makers on the plight of salmon in a rapidly changing world.

The AST is delighted that our “Likely Suspects” programme to identify key factors affecting the survival of salmon from freshwater to the high seas and back is one of the signature research projects for this global event. The application of new technologies—such as telemetry, genomics (including the new Atlantic salmon eDNA probe, developed by University College Dublin and the AST), and microchemistry—to unlock the mysteries of salmon migration and survival, high-tech solutions to ensure more young salmon make it to the ocean and the design of modern, pro-active salmon management systems.

The AST is delighted to be so closely associated with IYoS and are working closely with other salmon conservation and management groups (FMS, Salmon & Trout UK, The Angling Trust, IFM and The Fishmongers Company) to make the most of this unique and seminal event.

Please do continue to visit the AST website for information on the various conferences, workshops and events taking place over 2019.


Useful Links:

International ConferenceManaging the Atlantic salmon in a rapidly changing environment – management challenges and possible responses –   3rd & 4th  June 2019, Scandic Ishavshotel, Tromsø, Norway.



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