North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization | est 1984

Implementation Plans and Annual Progress Reports

Implementing NASCO’s Resolutions, Agreements and Guidelines

NASCO has adopted Resolutions, Agreements and Guidelines that address the Organization’s principal areas of concern for the management of salmon stocks. In 2005 it was agreed that ‘NASCO will be committed to the measures and agreements it develops and actively review progress with implementation plans’ (CNL(05)49).

Each jurisdiction therefore develops Implementation Plans detailing measures to be taken over five year periods in relation to three areas of concern:

Implementation Plans and Annual Progress Reports provide a succinct, transparent, fair and balanced approach for reporting on the implementation of NASCO’s Resolutions, Agreements and Guidelines by the Parties / jurisdictions.

Implementation Plans

Implementation Plans are the key documents in the third and current reporting cycle. They are focused around the three theme areas and emphasise:

  • the actions to be taken over the period of the Implementation Plan (2019 – 2024);
  • clearly identifiable measurable outcomes and timescales; and
  • appropriate monitoring to evaluate the effectiveness of the measures taken.

Annual Progress Reports

Annual Progress Reports are the primary medium through which NASCO is able to assess progress towards the achievement of its Resolutions, Agreements and Guidelines. Parties / jurisdictions report on their activities through the provision of:

  • any changes to the management regime for salmon and consequent changes to the Implementation Plan;
  • actions that have been taken under the Implementation Plan in the previous year; 
  • significant changes to the status of stocks, and a report on catches; and
  • actions taken in accordance with the provisions of the Convention.

Reporting Cycles

There have been three cycles of Implementation Plans and Annual Progress Reports to date: