2019: International Year of Salmon


Salmon streams still run through Edinburgh, though more than 30% of Scotland’s stocks are endangered.

Edinburgh Castle provided a dramatic backdrop to the first International Year of Salmon (IYS) Outreach Workshop, held this past March in Scotland’s capital city. Hosted by the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) and the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC), the workshop brought together science communicators from across the northern hemisphere to share ideas on raising awareness of wild salmon throughout 2019, the designated “Year of Salmon”.

Nautilus was there, representing Alaska and our partnership with the Salmon Connect program, which fosters connections that strengthen the inextricable link between salmon and the people who depend on them.

It’s a theme that resonates with the goals of the International Year of Salmon: to engage the public, political representatives, and the science community to inspire actions to protect wild salmon and their remaining habitat. Through heightened awareness of the challenges facing wild salmon worldwide, the IYS supporters hope to:

  • Stimulate research investment and new technologies to advance salmon science and support salmon conservation and restoration;
  • Improve the resilience of people and salmon through the connection of salmon-dependent communities, indigenous peoples, youth, harvesters and resource managers; and
  • Develop an integrated archive of information collected during the IYS and tools to support further research.

Learn more about the International Year of Salmon: http://www.nasco.int/iys.html