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International Year of the Salmon

The International Year of the Salmon (IYS), despite the name, is a multi-year scientific research and outreach initiative. Canada is a member of both the international inter-governmental salmon organizations organizing the IYS: the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) and the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO). Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is supporting IYS with $297,850 in funding. IYS will see three-years of research (2018-20) followed by reporting (2021-22) and begins with a 2018 symposium focused on the status of salmon knowledge followed by three years of action. The international research community will establish a research governance model, analytical tools and information systems to integrate and share data and build a new generation of researchers. The outcomes will inform future DFO policy and support improved long- and short-term forecasts for salmon, real-time advice to enforcement operations, sustainability strategies for salmon and human communities that utilize salmon and optimization of economic returns from hatcheries and fisheries. The outreach and public engagement themes for IYS include improving awareness of the status of salmon stocks and their cultural, social and economic importance and of the challenges they face from major environmental changes and a variety of anthropogenic factors.

Project Number: PAC2016.7
Year: 2017, 2018, 2019
Partner: NPAFC and NASCO
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Vladimir Radchenko, Dr. Peter Hutchinson
Eco-region: International

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