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:
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
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:
Report of the IYS Study Group Scoping Workshop April 2015. NPAFC Doc. 1602 Download
IYS Working Group Members
Mark Saunders, Chairperson, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or 604-775-5550