The SALSEA-Merge Project
SALSEA-Merge was an ambitious, three year, €5.5 million scientific project to investigate the migration and distribution of salmon in the North-East Atlantic. The project was supported by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological development. Funding was also provided by the Partner organisations, the Total Foundation and the Atlantic Salmon Trust. SALSEA-Merge was officially launched on the 16 May 2008 in Killybegs, Ireland.
Vision and Objectives
SALSEA-Merge delivered innovation in the areas of: genetic stock identification techniques; new genetic marker development; fine scale estimates of growth on a weekly and monthly basis; the use of novel high seas pelagic trawling technology; individual stock-linked estimates of food and feeding patterns; and novel stock specific migration and distribution models.
The project merged genetic and ecological investigations, to advance understanding of stock specific migration and distribution patterns and overall ecology of the marine life of Atlantic salmon and delivered insights into the factors resulting in increases in marine mortality.
- Completed Final Report SALSEA-Merge
- SALSEA-Merge DoW
- D1.1 Report on Integration Strategy & Database Structure
- D1.2 Report on New Regional Markers
- D1.3 Web-based Trans-European Genotype Database
- D2.3 Tissues from marine Samples for Genetic & Biological Analysis
- D2.4 Electronic Database of Biological Information on Marine Samples
- D3.1 Report on Genetic Assignment of Archive Samples to River or Region of Origin
- D3.2 Report on Genetic Assignment of Marine Survey Samples to River or Region of Origin
- D4.1 Electronic database of Digital Scale Images and Growth Data
- D4.2 Electronic Database of Results of Growth Indices
- D4.3 Report on Stomach Sampling & Analyses
- D5.1 & 6.4 SALSEA-Merge GIS pdf Atlas
- D5.2 Report on Analysis of Distribution of Post-Smolts
- D5.3 Report Describing a Conceptual & Ecological Model
- D6.3 Participation & Presentation of Papers at International Symposium
- SALSEA-Merge EU Article.