NASCO & the Future for Salmon

S&TA proposes for the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation
(NASCO) to widen its mandate and include all the issues affecting salmon
survival, both in freshwater and the marine environment

S&TA proposes for the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation
(NASCO) to widen its mandate and include all the issues affecting salmon survival, both in freshwater
and the marine environment.

The S&TA is a leading Non-Governmental Organisation in NASCO, and the S&TA Director, Paul Knight,
is addressing members concerns about the dramatic and serious decline of the Atlantic Salmon at the
NASCO conference in Reykjavik, Iceland from June 7th-11th.

The Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) propose that NASCO, now twenty years old, and a witness
to a 50% decline in Atlantic salmon numbers during its lifetime, should revisit its original mandate
to control the high sees netting at Greenland and the Faroes, and create a new vision to widen its brief
and include all the diverse issues affecting salmon survival, both in freshwater and the marine environment.
These include aquaculture, pelagic fishing by-catch, industrial fishing, predation and freshwater habitat
degradation and access.

The NGO proposal, NASCO’s Future: a vision statement advances a constructive and dynamic new
vision and 11 point action plan to enable NASCO to more effectively protect wild Atlantic salmon
from further decline. Chris Poupard, a former Director of the S&TA, is one of the four principal
authors, along with Dr. Wilfred Carter of Canada, Dr. Andy Rosenberg of the United States and
Bjornulf Kristiansen of Norway. Download full report
here

At the conference, the S&TA will also be pushing for continued pressure on the Scottish and Irish Governments
to end the mixed stock salmon fisheries off their coasts. This follows defra’s example of pump-priming the
buy-out of 52 of the 68 North East Coast netsmen in England, which has just been successfully completed.

What is NASCO?

The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) www.nasco.int is comprised of North
Atlantic nations that have Atlantic salmon rivers within their borders or that legally harvest salmon.

Why is NASCO important?

NASCO plays an important role in determining government policy of the member nations, as conservation
policies based on scientific advice are developed and adopted by member nations each year at the conference.

A report of the proceedings of this conference will be published on the website later in the month.