Globally, Atlantic salmon remain in the lowest IUCN Red List category (Least Concern), based on an assessment from 1996.
Now is the time for a fresh assessment of the Atlantic Salmon with the objective of a new Red List classification to reflect the true situation today.
What is the IUCN Red List?
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) publishes The Red List of Threatened Species as a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity.
Species are classified into 9 categories, from Extinct (EX) to Least Concern (LC). Species considered "threatened" are listed as Critically Endangered (CR), Endangered (EN) or Vulnerable (VU).
Currently treated as of "Least Concern", the global conservation status of Atlantic salmon in the IUCN Red List has not been fully assessed for more than 25 years.
What would reclassification do?
Acknowledgement as a species of concern through IUCN Red List designation is more than a label, it is a platform that will help Atlantic salmon get the recognition and conservation resources they so desperately need.
Recently, the European Eel's Red List category was reassessed. In 2008, this species was reclassified as 'Critically Endangered', which triggered a surge in media coverage of the species’ plight, and resulted in greater action, like increased investment into eel passage.
The urgent need to reassess the Atlantic salmon's conservation status emerged at the 'Owned by Everyone' conference on salmon in December 2019, hosted by Cambridge Conservation Initiative and Pembroke College, Cambridge in conjunction with S&TC.
The assessment will be built upon analysis of individual sub-populations across the Atlantic Salmon's range. IUCN, with help from S&TC, will involve and consult key players with knowledge of Atlantic Salmon. The IUCN team aim for completion of the assessment by the end of 2021.
We cannot do this without your support
It has been a tough year, but this Christmas we ask that you give Atlantic salmon the gift of IUCN Red List reassessment.
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