The International Cooperation to Sequence the Atlantic Salmon Genome (ICSASG) began in 2009 with the goal of producing a genome sequence that identifies and physically maps all genes in the Atlantic salmon genome and acts as a reference sequence for other salmonids. The motivation for this work was to better understand the biology of Salmonids as it relates to sustainable aquaculture, conservation of wild fish and aquatic health among other things. The White Paper describing the sequencing project can be found here.

The International Cooperation to Sequence the Atlantic Salmon Genome (ICSASG) is supported by the following organizations:

  1. Research Council of Norway (RCN) - www.rcn.no
  2. Norwegian Seafood Research Fund-FHF - http://www.fhf.no/hot-topics/about- fhf/
  3. Genome BC - www.genomebc.ca
  4. The Chilean Economic Development Agency – CORFO and InnovaChile Committee - www.english.corfo.cl

Marine Harvest, AquaGen, Cermaq and Salmobreed are providing cash funding.

cGRASP (Consortium for Genomic Research on All Salmonids Program)

The cGRASP website has been developed by an international consortium to serve as a genome-oriented resource to the salmonid community. It currently contains links to genetic and physical maps, BAC end sequences, ESTs and repeat masking tools.

Atlantic Salmon Genome Assembly

The current public assembly of the Atlantic salmon genome is available here. It has been constructed using both Sanger reads (12.2M) from plasmids, phosmids and BACS produced during Phase 1 of the sequencing project and Illumina reads (800M), and consists of 555,000 contigs representing 2.43Gb sequence. Phase 2 of the project utilized next-generation sequencing technologies to produce an improved assembly.