Mission: Conserve and restore wild atlantic salmon populations throughout its range in the north atlantic region.
Programs: Nasf is working together with the downeast salmon federation, the atlantic salmon federation, the us fish and wildlife service and other organizations to equip a hatchery and raise juvenile salmon for stocking in the east machias river of maine. Our goal is to develop and demonstrate a stocking strategy which will help restore atlantic salmon populations in us rivers.
nasf has commercial agreements with commercial fishing organizations in greenland and the faroes islands whereby the organizations agree to limit their catch of atlantic salmon in exchange for compensation and help in developing fish products other than atlantic salmon. In 2014 nasf made payments under the agreement in the faroe islands. (the waters off greenland and the faroe islands are the primary winter feeding grounds for atlantic salmon. )
as part of its efforts to conserve and restore populations of wild atlantic salmon in the north atlantic region, nasf advocates reduction in commercial fishing for "mixed stocks" of atlantic salmon (where the identity of the fish in terms of river of origin cannot be determined), the taking of salmon native to one country by fishermen in another country, habitat restoration, control of fish farming activities in open-sea nets to eliminate negative effects on wild atlantic salmon and promotes land-based fish farming as a environmentally acceptable alternative.