International Year of the Salmon

International Year of the Salmon


Last week Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham was on the banks of the River Earn at Forteviot in Perth and Kinross to launch the International Year of the Salmon in Scotland. Also present to wish the salmon well for the future were representatives of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO),Dr Emma Hatfield, Secretary General and the NASCO President, Joannes Hansen. They were joined by Dr Mark Saunders and Professor Kim Suam, of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC). Dr Saunders and Professor Suam had officiated over the North Pacific launch of IYS in Vancouver some weeks ago.

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The International Year of the Salmon is aninitiative of NASCO (based in Edinburgh)and the NPAFC. It 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.


The focal year of the International Year of the Salmon will take place in 2019, which involves major outreach initiatives targeted and adapted to different audiences and areas. The subsequent years, to 2022, will be intensely research focused and will 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.


Some IYS Signature Research Projects will address gaps in our understanding of salmon and provide tools to improve forecasting and management of salmon. These include: a “Likely Suspects” programme to identify key factors affecting the survival of salmon from freshwater to the high seas and back (based around the AST’s Likely Suspects Framework), the application of new technologies—such as telemetry, genomics (including the new Atlantic salmon eDNA probe, developed by University College Dublin and 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.

We in AST are delighted to be so closely associated with IYS 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.