About NASF

About NASF

The NASF Campaign to restore salmon stocks is winning! Nothing beats common sense, the right priorities and ABUNDANCE as the target. Ending mixed-stock netting has always been our priority.

Throughout the latter part of the 20th century, the once-plentiful wild salmon populations in the chilly waters of the North Atlantic dwindled to dangerously low levels, affecting not only the sensitive ocean and river ecosystems of the region, but also the rural communities for whom salmon fishing is a long-held local tradition and source of income. In the early 1990s Orri Vigfússon started an innovative, multinational initiative to buy out the fishing rights of commercial salmon fishers whose over-fishing was causing the decline. He represents a new breed of environmental leader who utilizes business skills and negotiating to effectively protect precious natural resources. Through his work, Vigfússon has succeeded in preventing the seemingly inevitable decimation of wild North Atlantic salmon populations.

An entrepreneur and life-long outdoorsman, Vigfússon first became aware of declining salmon stocks in the 1970s while fishing along the rivers of his native northern Iceland. Speaking with others who lived or fished along local rivers, he learned the extent of Iceland’s shrinking river salmon populations. In response, Vigfússon founded the Iceland-based North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF).



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The Future of the Fund

The Future of the Fund: Adrian Latimer describes the steps being taken to secure the legacy of the late Orri Vigfússon, founder of the...

Honoring the Legacy of Orri Vigfússon

Dear Friends of Orri,

It is with great sadness that we reach out to all of you following the recent passing of our hero, Orri...

NASF highlighted by Fish and Fly as top player among UK Atlantic salmon conservation charities

The following article by Jon Gibb was commissioned “prior to the untimely death of the indefatigable salmon conservationist Orri Vigfusson to raise awareness of...