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International Year of the Salmon (IYS)

The International Year of the Salmon (IYS) is a project launched by NPAFC and the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) and other partners. The IYS focal year will be 2019, with projects and activities starting in 2018 and continuing into 2020.

The IYS is an international framework for collaborative outreach and research. Through outreach efforts the IYS will raise awareness of what humans can do to better ensure salmon and their varied habitats are conserved and restored against the backdrop of increasing environmental variability, and thus the overall theme is 'salmon and people in a changing world'. The IYS will stimulate an investment in research and leave a legacy of knowledge, data/information systems, tools, and a new generation of scientists better equipped to provide timely advice to inform rational management of salmon.

The IYS organization includes independent Pacific and Atlantic IYS steering committees which will include key partners and oversee outreach activities, identify research priorities, support fund raising and establish reporting procedures. Outreach and research will be planned at three spatial scales—the hemispheric or "salmosphere" scale, the basin scale (Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic or Baltic), or at the local coastal level.

The following broad scientific themes have been identified for the IYS:

  • Status of Salmon: to understand the present status of salmon and their environment
  • Salmon in a changing salmosphere: to understand and quantify the effects of natural environmental variability and anthropogenic factors affecting salmon distribution and abundance and to make projections of their future changes
  • New Frontiers: to develop new technologies and analytical methods to advance salmon science and to explore the uncharted regions of the salmosphere
  • Human Dimension: to investigate the cultural, social, and economic elements that depend upon sustainable salmon populations
  • Information Systems: to develop an integrated archive of accessible electronic data collected during the IYS and tools to support future research

The salmosphere is the current and future geographic range of salmon in the Subarctic and Arctic.

Outline Proposal for an IYS 'Salmon and People in a Changing World' NPAFC Doc. 1663 May 2016 Download

First Proposal for an International Year of the Salmon April 2015 Download

Overall IYS Timeline

2016 and 2017 Planning, coordinating, enlisting partners, contributors
2018 Retrospective analyses, symposium, outreach
2018 and 2019 Field seasons, new data collection, outreach
2020 to 2022 Final analysis, wrap-up, publication, archiving

2018 IYS North Pacific Steering Committee & IYS Working Group Meetings (February 2018)

These meetings took place on February 5 to 8, 2018, (North Pacific Steering Committee Meeting on February 6–7, and IYS Working Group Meetings on February 5 and 8) in Vancouver, BC. The purpose of these meetings is to review progress in 2017, and develop funding strategies for Signature Projects and research theme projects identified by expert teams.

2017 IYS North Pacific Steering Committee Meeting (February/March 2017)

This meeting took place on February 28 to March 1, 2017, (North Pacific Steering Committee meeting) and March 2, 2017, (Small Working Group meeting) in Richmond, BC. The purpose of this meeting is to develop operating procedures, outreach plans, and to identify research priorities, plans and funding strategies based on the various research themes.

Report of the IYS North Pacific Steering Committee Meeting April 2017 NPAFC Doc. 1712 Download

Report of the IYS Working Group Meeting May 2017 NPAFC Doc. 1729 Download

2nd IYS Scoping Meeting (March 2016)

This meeting took place on March 15–16, 2016, (full group meeting) and March 17, 2016, (Working Group meeting) in Vancouver, BC. The purpose was to bring together potential research partners and funders to develop a business plan (administration and funding model) and to clarify outreach and research administration to implement the IYS.

Report of the IYS 2016 Scoping Workshop April 2016 NPAFC Doc. 1658 Download

1st IYS Scoping Meeting (February 2015)

This meeting took place on February 17–18, 2015, (full group meeting) and February 19, 2015, (Study Group meeting) in Vancouver, BC. The main objectives of the workshop were to:

  • develop a list of major scientific issues that will, or are likely to, affect salmon production in the foreseeable future, and around which an IYS could be developed and funded
  • identify the unknowns and scientific questions related to each issue
  • discuss the scope (spatial, temporal, species) of an IYS that will be needed to answer the questions (test the hypotheses)

Report of the IYS Study Group Scoping Workshop April 2015. NPAFC Doc. 1602 Download

IYS Working Group Members

Mark Saunders, Chairperson, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Jim Irvine, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Sue Grant, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Shunpei Sato, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency, Sapporo, Japan
Kengo Suzuki, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency, Sapporo, Japan
Shigehiko Urawa, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency, Sapporo, Japan
Ju Kyoung Kim, Korea Fisheries Resources Agency (FIRA), Gangwan-do, Republic of Korea
Ha Na Kim, Korea Fisheries Resources Agency (FIRA), Busan, Republic of Korea
Suam Kim, Pukyong National University Korea (PKNU), Busan, Republic of Korea
Igor Melnikov, TINRO-Center, Vladivostok, Russian Federation
Andy Gray, National Marine Fisheries Service, Juneau, Alaska, USA
Dion Oxman, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Juneau, Alaska, USA

Organizations and individuals concerned with salmon in the Pacific, Atlantic, or Arctic Ocean and interested in IYS planning and making IYS an exciting and successful reality, please contact the NPAFC Secretariat, or 604-775-5550


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