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Scientific Research
The NPAFC provides a forum for cooperation
among its member countries to promote the
scientific research, to coordinate the collection,
exchange and analysis of scientific data, and
to exchange statistical information on catch
and effort regarding anadromous stocks and
ecologically related species.
For those purposes, the Commission established
the Committee on Scientific Research and
Statistics (CSRS), which holds its meetings
during the Annual Meetings of the Commission
in autumn. Scientists also meet between the
Annual Meetings, at the Research Planning and
Coordinating Meeting (RPCM).
At CSRS and RPCM, the Parties submit their
scientific research plans for salmon, report the
results of their previous scientific researches and
statistical data of their catches and fry releases,
and discuss the scientific research cooperation
among the Parties.
Science Sub-Committee (SSC) and several
Working Groups have been established under
CSRS in order to facilitate its discussions for
SSC discusses the formulation and reviews the
implementation of the NPAFC Science Plan,
which is a long-term plan for cooperative scientific
research and is currently approved for the period
up to 2015. SSC also coordinates cooperation
with other international organizations, such
as North Pacific Marine Science Organization
(PICES), North Atlantic Salmon Conservation
Organization (NASCO) and others.
There are now five Working Groups. The
Working Group on Stock Assessment meets
mainly to summarize and discuss the latest
statistical information. The Working Group on
Salmon Marking discusses coordination of marks
to minimize duplication between countries and
the development of a common database of mark
releases. The goals of the Working Group on
Stock Identification are to develop, standardize,
and disseminate genetic and other databases
among the Parties to encourage the development
of new genetic technologies and to facilitate
the dissemination of statistical techniques. The
Salmon Tagging Working Group was created
in 2007 for coordination of high-seas salmon
tagging and management of the INPFC-NPAFC
salmon tagging database.
BASIS (Bering-Aleutian Salmon International
Survey) Working Group is created to facilitate
the latest cooperative research activities focused
on 1) Bering Sea Salmon Research, 2) Juvenile
Salmon Research in Eastern and Western North
Pacific Waters, and 3) Winter Salmon Research.
Photos by: PBS, United States, High Seas Salmon Research Program, University of Washington, NPAFC Secretariat