NGOs stimulate review for future of international salmon management

During its twenty first annual meeting, at Reykyavik, Iceland from June
7 to 11, the Council of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation
(NASCO) agreed to establish a working party to re-evaluate its future role

During its twenty first annual meeting, at Reykyavik, Iceland from June 7 to 11, the Council
of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) agreed to establish a working
party to re-evaluate its future role in the management and conservation of wild Atlantic salmon.

This was stimulated by ‘NASCO’s Future, A Vision Statement,’ (Wilfred Carter, Bjornulf Kristiansen, Chris
Poupard, Andrew A Rosenberg), a document sponsored by the Atlantic Salmon Federation and World Wildlife
Fund, and unanimously supported by the NGOs, of which the Salmon & Trout Association is a leading member.
It set out the principle that NASCO must strengthen its mandate to address all issues affecting the survival
of Atlantic salmon, not just the regulation of high seas fisheries off Greenland and the Faroes.

At its closing session, the Council agreed to seek advice from the accredited NGOs on its future role.
This followed increased involvement by the NGOs during the conference, which included active participation
in two special sessions.

In the first, the NGOs put pressure on the Republic of Ireland to accelerate the process of ending
their mixed stock drift net fishery. In the second, the NGOs influenced the Terms of Reference for
NASCO’s working group on the ‘Next Steps for NASCO’, by ensuring their own close involvement in the process.

Paul Knight, director of S&TA, says:

This has been a good week for S&TA and the other NGOs at NASCO, one in which we achieved some genuine
influence over the future management and conservation of wild Atlantic salmon. We warmly welcome the
election of Dr Ken Whelan, well known in Irish salmon circles, as NASCO’s sixth President, and we look
forward to working closely with him, and newly-elected Vice President Arni Isaksson from Iceland, as
NASCO looks to the future.

Issues that NASCO will address in future include Survival at Sea, Mixed Stock Fisheries, Aquaculture,
Predation, Pelagic By-catch and Gyrodactylus salaris. The point was well received by the newly-appointed
President of NASCO, Dr Ken Whelan from the Republic of Ireland, that the accredited NGOs represented a
wealth of experience and expertise in salmon management, research and conservation, as well as in
recreational angling.

Chris Poupard, Chairman of the NASCO NGOs, says,

This has been a very positive Conference, and one in which the NGOs have had more influence over
proceedings than at any other time in NASCO’s history. We congratulate NASCO’s Council in agreeing
the need to readdress its future role within salmon management and conservation, and for recognising
the important role that accredited NGOs have to play in that process. We look forward to continuing
our role within an evolving NASCO, and to working closely with all Parties in the vital task of
preserving and enhancing stocks of wild Atlantic salmon throughout the northern hemisphere.