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International Year of the Salmon

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Salmon is one of Scotland’s most iconic species and many people will associate wild salmon with pictures of our beautiful rivers and countryside.  Many people also know of the salmon’s incredible journey through rivers and oceans, to return to the place they first hatched, to spawn and begin the next generation. But salmon are at enormous risk, in Scotland, in the Atlantic and all across the northern hemisphere, from environmental change and from human developments across the Northern Hemisphere.

The International Year of the Salmon - “Salmon and People in a Changing World’ – is an initiative being led by the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) and the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC).  It aims to raise awareness and understanding of the social and economic benefits that salmon provide, and to highlight the many issues facing salmon around the world. 

The IYS aims to:

  • develop a better understanding of the factors driving salmon abundance and the challenges facing them
  • encourage scientists, decision-makers and the public to work towards solutions that overcome the challenges salmon face
  • support conservation and restoration strategies to help manage salmon in the face of climate change
  • enable collaboration among organizations and researchers in countries throughout the Northern Hemisphere
  • inspire and support a new generation of researchers and managers, and conservationists
  • help create a greater awareness of the ecological, social, cultural and economic value of salmon
  • support research and conservation of salmon species and their environments throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
  • While 2019 is the focal year, it is hoped that outreach and research will continue through to 2022.

The Scottish component of IYS2019 was launched in OCtober 2018 by the Cabinet Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, when she met the Presidents of both NASCO and NPAFC in Perth, and the Scottish Government will be working with various partners to promote IYS2019 at events, festivals, conferences and elsewhere.

Some of the main organisations we will be working with include: