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A co-ordinated approach towards development of a scientific basis for management of wild Atlantic salmon in the North East Atlantic

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-01546
Project type: CA (Concerted Action)
Starting date: 01-02-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 990,040 EUR
EC Contribution: 990,040 EUR
Scientific Officer: Dominique LEVIEIL
Research topic: 5.1.2. Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

Abstract:
This proposal seeks to advance the scientific basis upon which advice is given to managers of local, national and international salmon fisheries, compatible with the precautionary approach, as adopted by all signatories (including the EU) to the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation 1998 Accord on salmon managment. Specifically, experts in salmon biology and in fishery modelling will carry out a concerted action to improve our ability to set salmon conservation limits, addressing transportability and dynamic change issues, and taking account of underlying stock structure. Work will also be carried out to develop more reliable estimates of pre-fishery abundance (PFA) for NE Atlantic salmon stocks and to develop predictive PFA estimates that can be used to advise on catch options.

Objectives:
- To examine and agree definitions and principles involved in the use of biological reference points in salmon management.
- To review the quality of relevant data existing in national laboratories/databases and determine whether additions/improvements are necessary.
- To review and evaluate progress in individual countries towards setting river-specific or regional conservation limits.
- To review and evaluate progress with establishing national and international conservation limits and their use in developing ICES advice for the management of fisheries.
- To examine methods for interpreting stock/recruitment data upon which conservation limits can be based.
- To explore the use of new data sets (e.g. catch time series) and to investigate the effects of dynamic change on both the stock and the habitat.
- To evaluate currently available habitat assessment methods in order to assess our ability to transport stock/recruitment relationships between rivers and to examine uncertainty inherent to these extrapolations. To evaluate new technologies (e.g. GIS) that may assist this process.
- To review the model currently being used to estimate pre-fishery abundance at an international level, and investigate means for independent validation of the PFA estimates; to examine the sensitivity of the PFA model to variability in input parameters
- To review the options for developing PFA forecast models and to determine the most appropriate stock groupings for use in international management.
- To examine the role of risk assessment and to investigate the uncertainties in the use of the above models for management advice; to determine the biological and fishery implications of these uncertainties.
- To evaluate alternative management approaches and consider management risks compared with the approach currently being developed. - To provide recommendations for further collaborative R&D in these areas, to trigger new bids for shared-cost project funding (particularly in model development).

 


Coordinator
Walter CRAZIER
The Queen's University of Belfast, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Division
Belfast
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1265 731435
Fax: +44 1265 732130
E-mail: crozierw@dani.gov.uk


Partners
  Geoffrey ARNOLD
The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Lowestoft
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1502 564244
Fax: +44 1502 513865
E-mail: g.p.arnold@defas.co.uk
  Nigel MILNER
The Environment Agency
Cardiff
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1222 770888
Fax: +44 1222 798555
E-mail: nigel milner@environment-agency.gov.uk
  Richard SHELTON
Fisheries Research Services
Pitlochry
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1796 472060
Fax: +44 1796 473523
E-mail: r.shelton@marlab.ac.uk
  Peter HEFFERNAN
The Marine Institute
Dublin
IRELAND
Tel.: +353 14780333
E-mail: p.heffernan@marine.ie
  Albert LEFORT
Institut national de la recherche agrononique
Rennes
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 2 99285000
Fax: +33 2 99285300
  Erik FRANSTAD
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
Oslo
NORWAY
Tel.:
E-mail: erik.franstad@ninaosl.ninaniku.no
  Bjorn WAHLBERG
Swedish Salmon Research Institute
Alvkarleby
SWEDEN
Tel.: +46 2677150
Fax: +46 2677160
E-mail: bjorn.wahlberg@lfi.se
  Petri SUURONEN
Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute
Oulu
FINLAND
Tel.: +358 2057511
Fax: +358 205751201
E-mail: petri suuronen@rktl.fi
  John RITTER
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Moncton
CANADA
Tel.: +506 851 29 45
Fax: +506 851 21 47
E-mail: ritterj@mar.dfo-mpo.qc.ca