Species in the Spotlight: Priority Actions 2016-2020, Atlantic Salmon
In 2015, NOAA Fisheries announced a new program to focus and redouble our efforts to protect eight species that are currently among the most at risk of extinction in the near future. This 5-year action plan focuses on priority actions for Atlantic salmon.
The Species in the Spotlight initiative is a concerted agency-wide effort to spotlight and save the most highly at-risk species. This initiative includes targeted efforts vital for stabilizing their populations and preventing their extinction. The approach involves intensive efforts by us and our recovery partners to stabilize these species. Our goal is to stabilize or reverse their declining trend so that the species will become a candidate for recovery in the future.
The Gulf of Maine distinct population segment of Atlantic salmon was selected as one of the eight species under this initiative because of their current critically low abundance and a continuing declining trend in abundance.