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International Cooperation to Sequence the Atlantic Salmon Genome

The challenges facing the fisheries and aquaculture industry in BC is not limited to the region. Genome BC is partnering with the Chilean Economic Development Agency, InnovaChile, Norwegian Research Council, Norwegian Fishery and Aquaculture Industry Research Fund to form the International Cooperation to Sequence the Atlantic Salmon Genome (the Cooperation). The Atlantic salmon genome sequence will be an important public resource that may lead to better management of wild fish stocks, breeding selection for commercially important traits, and elements of food quality, security and traceability.

International Request for Proposals to Sequence, Assemble and Annotate the Genome of the Atlantic Salmon (Salmo Salar)
The ICSASG issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Phase 2 of the project on November 19, 2010.  The second phase will be conducted using primarily next generation sequencing technologies and will result in a high definition, well-annotate genome.  Interested parties must read the Request for Proposals [PDF]. The deadline to submit proposals is indicated in the RFP document.

Additional information that may be pertinant to parties interested in responding to the RFA for Phase 2 may be found at This information contains a repeat database entitled "Salmon Raw Repeat DB v1.6". 

All inquiries regarding the ICSASG, including the submission of proposals, can be directed in writing to the RFP Contact:

Dr. Steinar Bergseth
Chair, International Steering Committee, ICSASG
c/o The Office of the Chief Scientific Officer, Genome BC

A Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued by the International Cooperation to Sequence the Atlantic Salmon Genome (ICSASG). The contract for Phase 1 was awarded to Beckman Coulter Genomics on October 16, 2009. This first phase will result in a 4X coverage genome using paired-end, plasmid, fosmid and BAC Sanger sequences by January, 2011.