One part of the Six Rivers Conservation Program is a major in-depth research programme with the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (Hafrannsóknastofnun) and the Life Sciences department of Imperial College London. The research is funded by Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
The research agreement was signed on August 12th, 2019.
The study investigates new areas of salmon ecology and behaviour. PHD students from each institute will carry out in-depth studies of the size of the current salmon population, mapping DNA and through high tech tagging aim to establish links between the ecology and behaviour of salmon in the rivers and their return rate from the sea.
The findings of this detailed study will be published as scientific papers and will help inform conservation work in and around North Atlantic Salmon rivers. The results will be shared with the Icelandic Government and local communities when completed.
A key area of the study will be to evaluate availability of food sources for juvenile salmon as this has implications for their survival at sea and for the numbers of adults that eventually return to the rivers to spawn.