Approved projects

SAlmonid MAnagement Round the CHannel

Acronym: SAMARCH
Website: http://samarch.org/
Duration: 01/04/2017 - 31/03/2022 (60 months)
Total budget: € 7,820,262.41
ERDF: € 5,405,281.06

Description:

Project SAMARCH will provide vital research on the populations of salmonids (salmon and sea trout) in the Channel area to better inform the management of these populations.

With Atlantic salmon and sea trout populations declining by as much as 70% since the 1970s, SAMARCH aims to gather information on salmonid populations which will then be used to improve the management and protection of these populations. The research will focus on several key areas including tracking the movements of salmonid populations in estuaries and coastal waters to determine what proportion of fish die in these areas.

The information gathered from the 5 year project will then be used to improve the tools used by the regulatory bodies in England and France to manage their salmonids stocks and to push through changes in regulations on the management of salmonids in estuaries and coastal waters which, if implemented, could lead to a 6-9% increase in adult populations of salmonid in the Channel area. These changes in regulation will also have a direct impact on the water quality in estuaries and coastal waters.

The research is vitally important as Atlantic salmon and sea trout play a major role in coastal and river ecosystems, with juveniles providing a key source of food for other fish such as sea bass and lamprey, sea birds and otters. Salmonids also have a considerable economic importance through angling in Europe, estimated to be worth as much as €1.2 billion.

Outputs:

  • 3 pilot operations:
        • Pilot study on the innovative use of new technology to infer spatio-temporal use of TCW by salmonids to enhance knowledge based management. Novel information on habitat use and loss rate of salmonids will provide new information to the regulating authorities.
        • Pilot operation to develop an interactive map identifying areas important for sea trout in FCE transitional and coastal waters.
        • Pilot operation to deliver novel information on the sex ratio, fecundity in females, growth and marine survival for salmonid stock assessment and management tools.
  • The results of the pilot operations will lead to changes in strategies and policies for managing salmonids in the FCE area and Nationally

Lead Partner:

Name of the organisation: Game and Wildlife and Conservation Trust
Country: England
Location: Hampshire

Project Partner 2:

Name of the organisation: Institut National Supérieur des Sciences Agronomiques, Agroalimentaires, Horticoles et du Paysage
Country: France
Location: Ile et Villaine

Project Partner 3:

Name of the organisation: Institut National de Recherche Agronomique
Country: France
Location: Ile et Villaine

Project Partner 4:

Name of the organisation: University of Exeter
Country: England
Location: Devon

Project Partner 5:

Name of the organisation: Bournemouth University
Country: England
Location: Bournemouth and Poole

Project Partner 6:

Name of the organisation: Environment Agency
Country: England
Location: Hampshire

Project Partner 7:

Name of the organisation: Salmon and Trout Conservation
Country: England
Location: Hampshire

Project Partner 8:

Name of the organisation: Office national de l'eau et des milieux aquatiques (ONEMA)
Country: France
Location: Ile et Villaine

Project Partner 9:

Name of the organisation: Bretagne Grands Migrateurs
Country: France
Location: Ile et Villaine

Project Partner 10:

Name of the organisation: Normandie Grands Migrateurs
Country: France
Location: Calvados