Great news that the results from Year 1 of the new Greenland Salmon Conservation Agreement reports that 17.79 tonnes of wild Atlantic salmon were harvested at Greenland in 2018, far below the recent 5-year average of 43 tonnes.
The result: thousands of additional salmon will be headed home this spring.
The new 12-year salmon conservation agreement was signed in May 2018 by Kalaallit Nunaanni Aalisartut Piniartullu Kattuffiat (KNAPK), which is the union representing Greenland commercial fishermen, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, and the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF). The agreement encourages Greenland fishermen to limit their take of wild Atlantic salmon in exchange for assistance developing alternate sources of income and support for marine research and conservation projects. It also created adoption of important new management measures including mandatory licensing and reporting for all salmon fishermen.
Hopefully fishing can be maintained below the 20 tonnes that is the upper limit under the agreement. That holds the prospect of a measurable, positive effect on wild Atlantic salmon populations returning to their spawning rivers over the next twelve years.
Bill Taylor, President of the Atlantic Salmon Federation explains the key points of the agreement, and hopes for the future:
There is no instant solution to recovery of Atlantic Salmon stocks, but this initiative has made a promising start. Every initiative helps.
One year isn’t a trend, but it is a start.