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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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).
The Queen's University of Belfast, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Division
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The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture
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The Environment Agency
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Fisheries Research Services
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The Marine Institute
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Institut national de la recherche agrononique
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Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
Swedish Salmon Research Institute
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Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute
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Department of Fisheries and Oceans
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