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SALMON CONSERVATION PLAN

The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO), in which the European Union is a member, has laid out in its convention the major strategic guidelines to conserve Atlantic salmon and made a number of recommendations.

The goal of NASCO is to contribute, through consultation and cooperation, to the conservation, restoration, enhancement and rational management of wild salmon stocks. It places particular weight on taking into account the best scientific evidence available to it.

To meet these goals, each Member State must set up a plan containing measures to be implemented on the national level. Onema drew up the French salmon conservation plan for the Ecology ministry. The plan, approved by NASCO in June 2008, covers the stock situation (abundance, diversity, threats) in French river basins, fisheries and catches, and current measures in favour of the species. It proposes 20 specific measures to improve fisheries management, protect and restore salmon habitats, restore stocks, better manage fish farming and improve data sharing.