IYS Governance

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Bringing People Together to Collaborate

The International Year of the Salmon (IYS) has partnerships and collaboration at the core of its values. So far, we have established meaningful partnerships with organizations around the Northern Hemisphere - including government agencies from all NPAFC and NASCO member countries (Canada, the European Union, Japan, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States), as well as Indigenous partners and partners in NGOs, academia, and private industry.

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Governance Structure

The International Year of the Salmon has established a governance structure to bring partners together across the Northern Hemisphere to plan and implement outreach and research activities, which by the time the IYS wraps up its initiative in 2022 will have established the conditions for resilience between salmon and people. Steering committees have been established in the North Pacific and North Atlantic to bring partners together and help support planning, implementation, and fundraising. Along with this, the Technical Team helps ensure that IYS hemispheric activities are linked. Staff in the NPAFC and NASCO Secretariats are responsible for the management of the IYS. The NPAFC has also implemented Theme Counsel Groups with experts from each member country (Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, and the United States) to participate in jointly planning research and outreach activities. 

The North Pacific Steering Committee is a group of IYS partners who nominate representatives to attend annual meetings and provide assistance and guidance to the IYS initiative. The NPSC is made up of members from all five NPAFC countries (Canada, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States).

The IYS-Working Group (IYS-WG) exists to coordinate the planning and implementation of the North Pacific portion of the IYS initiative. The IYS-WG reports back to the NPAFC on the IYS progress each year at the annual meeting. 

The Theme Counsel Groups (TCGs) are an important mechanism for engaging all five North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) member countries in the International Year of the Salmon (IYS). They are based on the IYS themes: Status of Salmon, Salmon in a Changing Salmosphere, Human Dimensions, New Frontiers, Information Systems, and Outreach and Communication. 


The North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) is an inter-governmental organization that was established by the Convention for the Conservation of Anadromous Stocks in the North Pacific Ocean. This convention was signed on 11 February, 1992 and took effect on 16 February, 1993. Anadromous fish covered under the Convention include chum, coho, pink, sockeye, Chinook, and cherry salmon, as well as steelhead trout. The Convention’s current member countries include: Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America.

The objective of the NPAFC is to promote the conservation of anadromous stocks  (Pacific salmon and steelhead trout) in the Convention Area. The Convention Area includes the international waters of the North Pacific Ocean and its adjacent seas north of 33° North beyond the 200-mile zone (exclusive economic zones) of the coastal States. Visit the NPAFC website here.


The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) is an international organization, established by an inter-governmental Convention in 1984. The objective of NASCO is to conserve, restore, enhance, and rationally manage Atlantic salmon through international co-operation taking account of the best available scientific information. The marine migrations of the Atlantic salmon take it from its river of birth to distant-water feeding grounds in the sub-Arctic and into the fisheries zones of other countries where it may be exploited. Rational management of this resource can, therefore, only be achieved through international co-operation. Regulatory and other measures established by NASCO and its Parties have greatly reduced harvests of salmon all around the North Atlantic. Visit the NASCO website here. 

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