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THE 29th North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) Annual Meeting finished on Friday 8 June in Edinburgh.

NASCO is an international organisation established by an inter-governmental Convention to conserve and manage the Atlantic salmon stocks. Its members are Canada, Denmark (for Greenland and Faroe Islands), EU, Norway, Russia and the United States.

Based on the scientific advice by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and with the active support of the EU, NASCO decided to maintain the prohibition of mixed-stock fisheries off the coast of Greenland and Faroe Islands. No commercial fishing will take place there from 2012 to 2014 – heralding the first time that NASCO has adopted multi-annual conservation measures.

Much of the debate centred on the results of the performance review, for which NASCO got good grades. However, it was recommended to modernise the NASCO Convention, to better conserve and manage the wild Atlantic salmon stocks, and to align the Convention to international law. The EU will engage proactively in the intercessional meeting that will be convened to this end.

The 30th Annual Meeting of NASCO will take place in June 2013 in Ireland.

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