NASCO measures safeguard salmon stocks

North Atlantic Salmon West Greenland salmon fisheries now have an annual Total Allowable Catch of 30t for the period 2018-2020. Credit: RugliG/ Shutterstock

The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) has adopted new regulatory measures for salmon fisheries around the Faroe Islands and off West Greenland.

West Greenland’s three-year measure addresses several shortcomings in terms of control and monitoring of the catches and sets an annual Total Allowable Catch (TAC) of 30t for the period 2018-2020. The return by NASCO to setting a total catch as part of the multi-year measure is seen as essential to the effective management of the fishery, and the agreed level is well below the quota set by Denmark (in respect of the Faroe Islands and Greenland) in each of the last three years.

The decision applicable to the Faroe Islands acknowledges that the fishery will be managed from 2019- 2022, taking into account scientific advice.

“I am pleased that these two important regulatory measures were reached in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration,” observed NASCO president Jóannes V. Hansen of Denmark (in respect of the Faroe Islands and Greenland). “The mutual respect shown by all Parties during negotiations bodes well for the future of this organization and for wild Atlantic salmon.”

Promising progress

Under the previous regulatory measure in place since 2015, no agreement could be reached on the TAC and Denmark (in respect of the Faroe Islands and Greenland) had autonomously declared an annual quota of 45t.

The measures were set during NASCO’s annual meeting held in Maine, US, on 12 and 15 June 2018.

NASCO Parties agreed to schedule activities towards the adoption of a new cycle of reporting on the implementation of the agreements for transparency and accountability.

NASCO also held a special session to take stock of the ongoing preparation of the International Year of Salmon (IYS) in 2019. In late October 2018, North-Atlantic and North-Pacific ministers will participate in the official launch of the initiative.

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