International experts today concluded discussions on the condition of wild Atlantic salmon stocks and agreed on new steps to support recovery. Scientific information provided to the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) during its 29th annual meeting this week indicated that salmon stocks across the North Atlantic remain at historically low levels, although small improvements were noted for some stocks. Taking on board scientific advice, NASCO negotiators worked together to hammer out two new agreements this week that will limit harvests of wild Atlantic salmon on their feeding grounds for the next three years. In Greenland, only a small internal use fishery, estimated to be about 20 tonnes, will be allowed. For the Faroe Islands, the agreement not to fish will be continued. Both governments stressed that they were committed to doing their part in the recovery of wild Atlantic salmon while claiming their historical rights to fish.
NASCO Press Release (pdf)