The International Year of the Salmon Synthesis Symposium is fast approaching and we are very excited to welcome you to Vancouver!
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Across the Northern Hemisphere increasingly extreme and uncertain climate conditions, coupled with human activity, greatly threaten the survival of salmon. The International Year of the Salmon (IYS), a five-year initiative established in 2018 and governed by the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) and North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO), has explored the conditions necessary for the resilience of salmon and people in a changing world. In its final year, the IYS is bringing together participants from academia, government, industry, NGOs and Indigenous organizations to consider the progress made by the IYS, and discuss the actions necessary to enable progress towards these conditions over the next decade. The IYS Synthesis Symposium: ‘Salmon in a Rapidly Changing World: Synthesis of the International Year of the Salmon and a Roadmap to 2030’ is the culmination of over 13 workshops and symposia, three historic High Seas Expeditions and over 80 associated events across the North Atlantic and North Pacific basins.
The Symposium will be held over three days in the heart of majestic Vancouver, Canada during the splendor of Fall, from October 4th–6th 2022 . This event will be held in-person and provide an opportunity for salmon scientists, managers, and knowledge holders from across the salmosphere to build connections after an extended period of limited travel and virtual meetings. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will adapt our plans in case public health restrictions prevent international travel or large gatherings.
• April 29, 2022 – Deadline for submission of abstracts
• June 9, 2022 – Notification of selection of abstracts for poster and oral presentations
• August 31, 2022 – Deadline for Symposium registration
• September 2, 2022 – Deadline for booking rooms at the Westin Bayshore hotel for the conference rate (limited number of rooms are available)
• October 4-6, 2022 – The Symposium will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia
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Registration is now closed.
• Dr. Ed Farley (NPAFC, NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, United States of America)
• Ms. Livia Goodbrand (NASCO, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Gulf Fisheries Centre, Canada)
• Dr. Emma Hatfield (NASCO Secretariat, Scotland)
• Dr. Vladimir Radchenko (NPAFC Secretariat, Canada)
• Dr. Alan Walker (NASCO, Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, England)
• Mr. Mark Saunders (NPAFC Secretariat, Canada)
• Mr. Aidan Schubert (NPAFC Secretariat, Canada)
• Mr. Tor Kitching (NPAFC Secretariat, Canada)
The 2022 IYS Synthesis Symposium will have a strong focus on synthesis and forward-looking perspectives. This will be crucial to ensure the knowledge gained over the five years of the IYS throughout the North Pacific and North Atlantic is adequately considered and used to produce the ‘Roadmap for the resilience of salmon and people through to 2030.’ The ‘Roadmap’ will identify critical knowledge or method gaps and potential solutions, based on the outcomes of the Symposium, and will be published in the peer-reviewed NPAFC Bulletin.
The Symposium Steering Committee intends to convene small groups of scientists that are experts in each of the sub-theme topic areas to produce synthesis papers for each sub-theme topic. The membership of these groups will be informed by the responses we receive to the call for expressions of interest. These synthesis papers will provide summaries of the current state of knowledge for a given topic and outline critical knowledge and/or method gaps that future research should prioritize.
Groups of experts will collaborate in the months leading up to the Symposium to produce these synthesis papers. These synthesis papers will be presented during the Symposium, alongside other presentations that are not produced via the aforementioned synthesis process, under each sub-theme, with the aim of publication in the NPAFC Bulletin. These syntheses will help inform the ‘Roadmap.’
Synthesis papers may cover both the Pacific and Atlantic basins or focus on one basin only, depending on the topic and consensus of the scientists involved in writing each paper. We hope to convene geographically, institutionally and gender diverse groups of experts to work together on these papers. The IYS Secretariat will provide support to the groups working on synthesis papers in the months leading up to the Symposium.
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