Sampling from salmon fisheries

Updated 2012-07-23

The main objective is sampling biological samples from salmon fisheries at West Greenland to provide data for the ICES Working Group on North Atlantic salmon (WGNAS). Objectives include • Continue the time series of data (1969-present) on continent of origin and biological characteristics of the salmon in the West Greenland Fishery. • Provide data on mean weight, length, age and continent of origin for input into the North American and European run-reconstruction models. • Collect information on the recovery of internal and external tags. • Collect additional biological samples from fresh whole fish in support of SALSEA West Greenland or other special sampling programs as requested. Network type: Samples are obtained from Atlantic salmon (Salmo Salar) landed by commercial fishermen at local markets hotels or restaurants. Prior to 1998 when a commercial fishery for Atlantic salmon was still allowed samples were also obtained at fish factories. Sampling includes Length-weight data, and scale samples for age and lifehistory readings. Since 2002, samples have also included a DNA tissue sample for assignment of landings to the American or European continent of origin.

Time frame

Project time span
1969 -
Data collection
1969 -
Data processing
1969 -
Data reporting
1969 -

Contact information

Contact person
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Rasmus Nygaard (, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources.
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Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Marine fish
Seawater/suspended particulate matter


Regions studied
Greenland, West

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GINR)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO), International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) (ICES)

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