MissionObjectives The objective of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) is to contribute, through consultation and cooperation, to the conservation, restoration, enhancement and rational management of salmon stocks subject to the Convention taking into account the best scientific evidence available to it. The Convention applies to the salmon stocks that migrate beyond areas of fisheries jurisdiction of coastal States of the Atlantic Ocean north of 36°N throughout their migratory range.FunctionsThe NASCO provides a forum for the study, analysis and exchange of information among its parties on matters concerning salmon stocks and achievement of the objectives of the Convention.
The NASCO provides a forum for consultation and cooperation on matters concerning the salmon stocks in the North Atlantic Ocean beyond commission areas.
The NASCO facilitates the coordination of the activities of the commissions and establish working arrangements with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea and other appropriate fisheries and scientific organizations.
The NASCO has the authority to make recommendations to the parties and the commissions on matters concerning salmon stocks subject to its Convention, including the enforcement of laws and regulations.
The NASCO make recommendations to the parties, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea or other appropriate fisheries and scientific organizations concerning the undertaking of scientific research.
The NASCO’s Commissions propose regulatory measures for fishing of salmon originating in the rivers of other parties. To improve commitment to NASCO's agreements, each jurisdiction submitted an implementation plan in 2007 detailing the measures to be taken over a five-year period in relation to management of salmon fisheries; habitat protection and restoration; and minimizing the adverse impacts of aquaculture, introductions and transfers and transgenic. NASCO goals and activities in these matters are:
NASCO area of competence - High seas, National watersSpecies and stocks coverageSalmon stocks that migrate beyond areas of fisheries jurisdiction of coastal States of the Atlantic Ocean north of 36°N throughout their migratory range. Legal frameworkEstablished by the Convention for the Conservation of Salmon in the North Atlantic Ocean, which was opened for signature in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 2 March 1982 and entered into force on 10 October 1983.
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http://www.nasco.int/convention.html LanguagesEnglish, French. Organizations involved StructurePrincipal bodyThe Council provides a forum for the study, analysis and exchange of information among the parties and for consultation and cooperation on matters concerning salmon stocks. It facilitates the coordination of the activities of the commissions, makes recommendations concerning the undertaking of scientific research and supervises the administrative, financial and other internal affairs of the Organization.Regional commissionsThe NASCO has three regional commissions, the functions of which include making recommendations to the Council on the undertaking of scientific research, providing a forum for consultation and cooperation, and proposing regulatory measures for fishing in the area of fisheries jurisdiction of a member of salmon originating in the rivers of other parties.