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The Future of the Fund: Adrian Latimer describes the steps being taken to secure the legacy of the late Orri Vigfússon, founder of the North Atlantic Salmon Fund.
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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 Vigfússon, Founder and Chairman of the North Atlantic Salmon Fund.
Orri was laid to rest in Reykjavík earlier this week on what would have been his 75th birthday. It was a rare Icelandic blue-sky day, with flags in the capital at half-mast, three former Icelandic presidents in attendance and hundreds of Orri’s friends packed into the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church, which was bathed in brilliant light and beautiful music.
We will all miss him. He was a politician for one fish, a man obsessed with saving the Atlantic salmon. Orri took no salary, had no overhead, and single-mindedly spent the last 27 years campaigning to save the salmo salar, the species he crowned the King of …
The following article by Jon Gibb was commissioned “prior to the untimely death of the indefatigable salmon conservationist Orri Vigfusson to raise awareness of this important subject.” Fish and Fly decided to publish the piece in its original form.
Its conclusion, that “NASF can be relied upon to never lose sight of its clear objectives while engaging in truly practical measures that aim to get in more fish in rivers and more bends in rods,” is a powerful testament to the impact of Orri’s work and legacy.
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Image: MORGUNBLAÐIÐ ÞRIÐJUDAGUR 11. JÚLÍ 2017
I was glad to be able to attend Orri Vigfusson’s funeral on behalf of ASF. It was the most beautiful and moving service I have ever attended. The cathedral was overflowing, Iceland’s Prime Minister and salmon friends from all over the world were in attendance and Reykjavik’s flags were at half mast. I personally passed on condolences on behalf of ASF to Orri’s wife Unnur, son Vivi and daughter Hulda.
Here is an article that appeared yesterday in The Press and Journal in Aberdeen, Scotland.
President & CEO, Atlantic Salmon Federation
The North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF) announces with great sadness, the passing of our founder and Chairman Mr. Orri Vigfússon.
Mr Vigfússon succumbed to lung cancer at Iceland’s national hospital in Reykjavík yesterday, July 1st 2017, only nine days short of his 75th birthday. Mr. Vigfússon has for 27 years, tirelessly fought for the survival and restoration of the wild Atlantic salmon through the North Atlantic Salmon Fund earning him the admiration and respect of environmentalists all over the world. He was recognised internationally for his vital conservation work and was awarded with numerous distinguished awards. He is survived by his wife Unnur Kristinsdóttir, 2 children and 3 granddaughters.
The funeral service will be held in Reykjavík at Hallgrímskirkja, July 10th at 13:00.
I heard from Orri Vigfusson’s assistant on Sunday morning that Orri passed on Saturday, July 1st. Orri of course, …
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
After campaigning for the survival of the wild Atlantic Salmon for 28 years, it is time to pause and revise our priorities for the future work of NASF. As founding chairman, I now wish to reduce some of my workload, encourage new leadership, and attract new young blood to join us.
As part of this process, we are seeking the advice of all those who worked with us in the past. You are receiving this letter because of your demonstrated commitment to the cause and due to your close relationship to NASF.
There are several NASF chapters and committees throughout the world, and to date the NASF teams have all worked as volunteers. This may need to change. Even the most ardent conservationist needs to provide for his or her family. In the past, volunteers have provided a lot …
Ilya Serbovich of the Russia Salmon Association and Orri Vigfusson, Chairman of NASF, met in Reykjavik in May to review the world salmon situation in particularly the interceptory mixed stock fisheries.
Russia and Iceland are joining forces to help bring the an end to the remaining commercial netting, particularly in Northern Norway and along the east coast of England and Scotland.
Photograph: Ilya Serbovich of the Russia Salmon Association and Orri Vigfusson standing outside the Icelandic Parliament, May 2017.
No more growth until problems are solved says CEO of Norsk Industri
A stop to all further open-sea salmon farming in Norway has been announced. This is a very important step towards the protection of wild Atlantic salmon stocks, many of which are under threat from a variety of dangers.
The North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF), Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF), NASF (Norway), Norske Lakseelver, Norges Jeger & Fiskerforbund (NJFF), and other conservation organisations have campaigned for years against the damage to wild salmon stocks caused by the farms. Representatives of the groups were given the good news in Norway at the 10th annual Hardangerfjord seminar on fish farming.
The news of the halt in the expansion of the industry was announced by Mr. Stein Lier-Hansen, CEO of Norsk Industri. His organisation, which includes the main salmon farming interests and Norway’s biggest grouping of …
According to a report published on Save The Baltic (blog), the Swedish Supreme Environmental Court has decided to ban and stop fish farming in cages in open water:
“The Swedish Supreme Environmental Court has decided to ban and stopp fish farming in cages in open water in three places and to reduce the amount farmed in another place. This is a result of the so called Weser-judgement from the EU-Court in combination with new Environmental Quality Norms in water in Sweden. The three banned farms will be successively closed within 3 years. The Court question whether cages in open water is the best technique and they also question the possibility for the affected waters to breake down the amounts of nutrients delivered by the farming without being eutrophicated. This judgement will probably bring to an end all fish farming in open …
North Atlantic commercial fishermen meet annually to discuss the status of wild salmon and Arctic conditions. The biology is considered as well as the socio-economics related to salmon fishing communities. This year’s meeting, held in Reykjavik, was attended by representatives of the Faroese long-liners and the North Atlantic Salmon Fund.
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