Inaugural Salmon Summit in Iceland

Representatives from over 30 NGOs will meet with scientists and members of sustainable industry groups in Reykjavik, Iceland this week at the 2018 Salmon Summit. Attendees are united by a common goal: to save North Atlantic salmon by raising awareness of the many challenges facing this key Arctic indicator species and to inform the on-going public policy debate on which its survival depends.

The Panel Schedule provides an overview of the range of interests:

North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF). Helping restore Atlantic salmon to their natural abundance
Panel Schedule – Thursday, March 22
9:00 AM – 17:00 PM Grand Hotel Reykjavik, Gullteigur B (Conference Room B)
9:00 - 9:20 Coffee, informal introductions 9:20 - 9:30 Welcome remarks, Fridleifur Gudmundsson, North Atlantic Salmon Fund, Iceland 9:30 - 10:20 Panel 1: Scientific update – Latest scientific news and data from Europe and North America, focusing on population trends and challenges (natural and man-made) facing N. Atlantic salmon
• Jon Carr, Atlantic Salmon Federation
• Ken Whelan, Atlantic Salmon Trust
• Torbjørn Forseth, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

10:30 - 11:20 Panel 2: High Seas buyouts – Updates from the negotiating team on discussions with Greenland's KNAPK and the Faroese Laksaskip
• Fridleifur Gudmundsson, North Atlantic Salmon Fund, Iceland
• Bill Taylor, Atlantic Salmon Federation
• Chad Pike, North Atlantic Salmon Fund, US, & Orri Fund

11:30 - 12:20 Panel 3: Dams & river-level advocacy – Updates on two main ecological continuity issues
• Marc Adrien Marcellier, North Atlantic Salmon Fund (France)
• Stephane Fraisse, French National Institute for Agricultural Research
• Gísli Sigurdsson, Árni Magnússon Institute in Iceland

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch and breakout sessions with panelist from panels 1, 2, and 3
13:30 - 14:20 Panel 4: Regulatory update – Recent regulatory action and a framework for moving forward, with a focus on regulating aquaculture across the North Atlantic Basin
• Runar Rugtvedt, Norwegian Federation of Industries
• Dr. Jón Þrándur Stefánsson, Sea Data Center

14:30 - 14:40 Screening of IWF film trailer, “Under the Surface,” and introduction by Thorsteinn J., Journalist
14:40 - 15:30 Panel 5: Aquaculture – Update on development of closed-containment systems, the economic case, and looking to the future
• Brian Vinci, Freshwater Institute
• Geir Spiten, AkvaTech
• Rognvaldur Gudmundsson, Akvafuture

15:30 - 16:20 Panel 6: Working together moving forward – Norway as a model of collaboration between NGO's
• Jens Olav Flekke, Reddvillaksen (NASF Norway)
• Torfinn Evensen, Norske Lakseelver

16:20 - 16:50 Break out sessions with panelist from panels 4, 5, and 6 16:50 - 17:00 Closing remarks, Chad Pike, North Atlantic Salmon Fund, US, & Orri Fund
Evening event:
17:00 - 19:00 Closing reception and screening of “the Salmon Story,” introduction by Kenneth Bruvik,  Hotel Reykjavik (same location)