Lecture Theatre 175, Old College, South Bridge
by Malcolm Windsor
Former Secretary of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization
Managing species without borders, like migratory fish, is today mostly done by means of international agreements. These treaties inevitably involve nations with different perspectives on the resource. Negotiations involve a complex mixture of politics, marine and freshwater environmental issues, and socio-economic factors. Into this mix will be added the influence of pressure groups e.g. NGO’s, fishing boat owners and fish farmers. This lecture will focus on the Atlantic salmon, an iconic species that is held in high public regard because of its vast migrations and its amazing ability to cross trackless oceans and return to exactly where it was born to reproduce. Clearly a species like this can only be conserved and managed by international cooperation, using the best scientific advice. The lecture will evaluate the cooperation undertaken through North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO). How did it work, did it succeed, what went right, what went wrong and what is the outcome today after 30 years of the Treaty in operation?