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Advancing understanding of Atlantic Salmon at Sea: Merging Genetics and Ecology to resolve Stock-specific Migration and Distribution patterns

Objective

Over the past two decades, an increasing proportion of North Atlantic salmon are dying at sea during their oceanic feeding migration. The specific reasons for the decline in this important species are as yet unknown, however, climate change is likely to be an important factor. In some rivers in the southern part of the salmons range, wild salmon now face extinction. This is in spite of unprecedented management measures to halt this decline. Arguably the greatest challenge in salmon conservation is to gain insight into the spatial and ecological use of the marine environment by different regional and river stocks, which are known to show variation in marine growth, condition, and survival. Salmon populations may migrate to different marine zones, whose environmental conditions may vary. To date it has been impossible to sample and identify the origin of sufficient numbers of wild salmon at sea to enable this vital question to be addressed. SALSEA-Merge will provide the basis for advancing our understanding of oceanic-scale, ecological and ecosystem processes. Such knowledge is fundamental to the future sustainable management of this key marine species. Through a partnership of 9 European nations the programme will deliver innovation in the areas of: genetic stock identification techniques, new genetic marker development, fine scale estimates of growth on a weekly and monthly basis, the use of novel high seas pelagic trawling technology and individual stock linked estimates of food and feeding patterns. In addition, the use of the three-dimensional Regional Ocean Modelling System, merging hydrography, oceanographic, genetic and ecological data, will deliver novel stock specific migration and distribution models. This widely supported project, provides the basis for a comprehensive investigation into the problems facing salmon at sea. It will also act as an important model for understanding the factors affecting survival of many other important marine species.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET
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Nordnesgaten 50
5817 Bergen
Norway
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Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 174 515
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Turid Loddengaard (Ms.)

Participants (19)

MARINE INSTITUTE
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 512 394
Address
Rinville Oranmore
H91 R673 Galway
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sean Connolly (Mr.)
MARINE SCOTLAND
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 328 808
Address
Victoria Road 375
AB119DB Aberdeen
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alastair James Bridgeford (Mr.)
STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FOR NATURFORSKNING NINA
Norway
EU contribution
€ 414 103,50
Address
Hogskoleringen 9
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stein Erik Aagaard (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 129 067,20
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Enda Clarke (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 254 608,80
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Diarmuid Collins (Mr.)
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 123 392,40
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Daly (Mr.)
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 117 277
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Julie Williams (Ms.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 49 765
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Geertz-Hansen (Mr.)
VEIDIMALASTOFNUN INSTITUTE OF FRESHWATER FISHERIES IFL
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 136 458,75
Address
Keldnaholt
112 Reykjavik
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thora Vignisdottir (Ms.)
TURUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 111 327,60
Address
Yliopistonmaki
20014 Turku
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eliisa Särkilahti (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO
Spain
EU contribution
€ 35 627,75
Address
Calle San Francisco 3
33003 Oviedo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Santiago Garcia Granda (Dr.)
GENINDEXE
France
EU contribution
€ 23 767
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6, Rue Des Sports
17000 La Rochelle
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Corinne Cherbonnel (Dr.)
RIISTA- JA KALATALOUDEN TUTKIMUSLAITOS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 88 650
Address
Viikinkaari 4
00790 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lena Søderholm-Tana (Ms.)
HAVSTOVAN
Faeroe Islands
Address
Noatun 1
FO110 Torshavn
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erling I Lida (Mr.)
ATLANTIC SALMON TRUST
United Kingdom
Address
King James Vi Centre - Friarton Road
PH2 8 DG Perth
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Neil Mckerrow (Mr.)
INTERNATIONAL ATLANTIC SALMON RESEARCH BOARD
United Kingdom
Address
Rutland Square 11
EH1 2AS Edinburgh
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Malcolm Windsor (Mr.)
Fondation d'entreprise TOTAL
France
Address
2, Place De La Coupole - La Défense 6 6
92400 Courbevoie
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Gina Sardella-Sadiki (Ms.)
CONSERVATOIRE NATIONAL DU SAUMON SAUVAGE
France
Address
Larma
43300 Chanteuges
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Martin (Mr.)
LOUGHS AGENCY (FCILC)
United Kingdom
Address
Victoria Road 22
BT 47 2 AB Londonderry
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Derick Anderson (Mr.)