Domestication Genes 130Domestication Genes in Atlantic Salmon: Identification of Markers

Identification of genetic and epigenetic genomic markers of domestication in Atlantic salmon for use in assessing introgression of farm genes into wild populations. Led by the Rivers and Lochs Institute in collaboration with partners in UK, Norway, Ireland, and Canada, jointly funded by the BBSRC and NERC.

Seabed monitoring 130DNA Methods for Seabed Monitoring and  Aquaculture Management

Development and testing of DNA-based metagenomic methodologies for seabed monitoring below cages to support aquaculture management. Led by Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in collaboration with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and Marine Harvest.

Atlantic Salmon Stock AssessmentAS3IG – Atlantic Salmon Stock Assessment: Integrating Genetics

Ways of integrating genetic estimates of breeder numbers into Atlantic salmon abundance/ conservation limit assessments will be researched and an integration framework developed. Led by the Rivers and Lochs Institute and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE); in partnership with the Ness district fishery board and the Spey foundation.

Amber quoich AMBER – Adaptive Management of Barriers in European Rivers

An integrated framework for the adaptive management of barriers in European rivers will be developed, encompassing an atlas of barriers, methods of ecological and socio-economic assessment, and case studies. Led by Swansea University + 20 partners. For more information visit the AMBER project website:

Arctic CharNORDCHAR – Arctic Char and climate change: implications for wild and farmed populations

NextGen sequencing mitogenome data will be combined with existing life history data in model-based analyses to generate insight into the effects of climate change on the Arctic char of Nordic and other northern countries.  Led by Matis, Iceland in collaboration with 8 partners.

Salmon Restoration ProjectUGSRP - Ness Upper Garry Atlantic Salmon Restoration Project

An integrated program of science is being undertaken in support of adaptive management initiatives to restore the salmon stock of the upper River Garry, a tributary of the River Ness, following its prolonged decline. Led by the Ness district fishery board and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) with scientific support from the Rivers and Lochs Institute, SEPA and SNH.

Pearl MusselFreshwater Pearl Mussel Conservation Genomics

New research program focussing on the development of methods for surveying cryptic and endangered pearl mussel populations using environmental DNA (eDNA) and Next Generation sequencing technologies. Led by the Rivers and Lochs Institute, with funding and support from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

endangered aquatic macrophyte, Najas flexilisDevelopment of a Slender Naiad eDNA survey

Development of a surveying and monitoring methodology to detect and aid conservation of the endangered aquatic macrophyte, Najas flexilis (Slender Naiad), involving the collection and extraction of eDNA from freshwater lochs, and targeted Najas identification. Led by the Rivers and Lochs Institute. Funded by Scottish Natural Heritage.