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The likely suspects framework: the need for a life cycle approach for managing Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) stocks across multiple scales

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Bull CD, Gregory SD, Rivot E, Sheehan TF, Ensing D, Woodward G & Crozier W (2022) The likely suspects framework: the need for a life cycle approach for managing Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) stocks across multiple scales. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 79 (5), pp. 1445-1456. https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsac099

Abstract
The ongoing declines in Atlantic salmon populations across its range underscore the need for co-ordinated scientific-based knowledge to support management and decisions for their conservation. Current salmon management actions remain largely focused on addressing bottlenecks to production in the freshwater phase of the life-cycle, whereas the continued declines observed in the recent decades are thought to be driven primarily by constraints on the marine phase. The challenges brought by global warming and other emerging stressors require immediate actions, requiring us to re-think the methods behind stock assessment and forge stronger linkages between data, models and policies to promote more effective management actions. We outline a scientific framework that takes a wider ecosystem view, designed to evaluate holistically a suite of indicators and potential drivers of salmon mortality at key phases of the life cycle. The aims of the proposed “Likely Suspects Framework” are to enhance cross-fertilisation of ideas between assessment processes at the stock-complex scale and stock-specific focused management activities, and to develop new decision support tools to improve management efficiencies and scenario testing. Adopting such an approach provides a new way to catalyse the acquisition and deployment of both existing and new data and models that are urgently needed for assisting the conservation and future stewardship of salmon stocks on both sides of the Atlantic.

Keywords
Ecology; Aquatic Science; Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics; Oceanography

Journal
ICES Journal of Marine Science: Volume 79, Issue 5

StatusPublished
FundersCentre for Enviroment, Fisheries & Aquaculture
Publication date31/07/2022
Publication date online30/06/2022
Date accepted by journal10/05/2022
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/34448
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
ISSN1054-3139
eISSN1095-9289

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Dr Colin Bull
Dr Colin Bull

Teaching Fellow, Biological and Environmental Sciences