BAR HARBOR (AP) – The 24th annual meeting of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization kicks off Tuesday to discuss plans to stop the decline of wild Atlantic salmon stocks in North America and Europe.

About 120 people, including policy makers and scientists from 18 member nations as well as representatives from non-governmental organizations, are participating in the meeting. It will run through Friday at the Harborside Motel and Marina.

On Monday, a NASCO review group released results of a survey of each nation’s implementation plans to conserve salmon. The United States, Norway, and England and Wales were given perfect scores.

In Maine, Atlantic salmon populations since 2000 have been listed as endangered in eight rivers and streams: the Dennys, East Machias, Machias, Pleasant, Narraguagus, Ducktrap and Sheepscot rivers and Cove Brook.

NASCO was established to promote the conservation and restoration of salmon stocks in the North Atlantic. Its annual meeting was held in Finland last year.


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