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Trilateral cooperation in our common resource; the Atlantic salmon in the Barents Region
Start date: Dec 31, 2010,
End date: Dec 30, 2013
The overall objective of the project is to develop and enhance the management of the shared Atlantic salmon resource in the Barents region; enabling a future adaptive, sustainable and knowledge-based harvesting regime. This enables the conservation of the rich fishing traditions and coastal culture of the area and preserves the highly important regional and local socio-economy of the coastal fisheries, and minimizes the mixed-stock fishery in areas when needed to preserve declining and vulnerable stocks. The project will merge traditional, local knowledge with new ecological, and genetic salmon research in Norway, Russia and Finland. The specific objective of the project is design and develop future long-term, adaptive, sustainable and knowledge-based salmon harvesting regime between Norway, Russia and Finland. This enables the conservation of the rich, traditional fishing culture of the area and preserves the important regional and local socio-economy of the coastal fisheries, and at the same time minimizes the mixed-stock fishery in areas when needed to preserve declining and vulnerable stocks. Address the challenges of adaptation to climate change and salmon abundance. Enhance cooperation between management, researchers and salmon fishers and fishing organizations. By using new technologies and combining traditional, biological, ecological, genetic and environmental knowledge, and through exchange of personnel, enhanced knowledge, best practises and dissemination of information. Develop the cross-border cooperation between Norway, Finland and the Russian Federation in the field of rational fisheries management and conservation of valuable salmon stocks and to support innovative cross-border activities. Enhance networking and facilitate information exchange and information flows at all levels. Promote and provide new scientifically sound knowledge and results on the Atlantic salmon stocks to management authorities, research and the general public. Achievements: The project conducted the most comprehensive genetic study of salmon so far, and produced scientifically sound and jointly aggregated data. The researchers mapped the genetic structure of the salmon in the project area. They ascertained the migratory patterns of different salmon stocks regarding time and space along the coastal lines of the Barents and White Seas. They also provided an overview of the salmon resources in terms of salmon catches. The results are available for the relevant authorities in each country when they discuss future salmon management.
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