North Atlantic salmon stocks
In the North Atlantic, exploitation remains low and nominal catch of Atlantic
salmon in 2008 was the second lowest in the time‐series.
Marine survival indices remain low.
The North American Commission 2SW stock complex is suffering reduced
reproductive capacity. Factors other than fisheries (marine mortality, fish
passage, water quality) are contributing to continued low adult abundance.
Northern North‐East Atlantic Commission stock complexes (1SW and
MSW) are at full reproductive capacity prior to the commencement of distant
Southern North‐East Atlantic Commission stock complexes (1SW and
MSW) are at risk of suffering reduced reproductive capacity prior to the
commencement of distant water fisheries.
There are no catch options for the fishery at the West Greenland (2009‐
2011) that would meet precautionary management objectives.
Despite management measures aimed at reducing exploitation in recent
years there has been little improvement in the status of stocks over time.
This is mainly because of continuing poor survival in the marine environment
attributed to climate effects. Efforts continue to improve our understanding
of causal relationships contributing to marine mortality.
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