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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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The news has reached us of the passing of Bill Young, a friend of NASF and a regular visitor to the Laxa i Adaldal here in Iceland. He will be greatly missed.
William J. Young III died on 20 October 2016 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Bill, or Youngie to his countless friends, lived a long, fruitful and full life which included time as an officer in the US Marine Corps, the founder of a successful advertising agency, and of course a great supporter of salmon conservation on both sides of the Atlantic.
For great number of years we met every summer on the banks of Laxá in Adaldalur. He was usually guided by his closest friend Peter Steingrímsson, a veteran Icelandic flydresser who named a glorious and successful salmon fly after Bill. The Bill Young fly was almost always …
An rud bhios na do bhroin, cha bhi e na do thiomhnadh
“That which you have wasted will not be there for future generations”
The Salmon Farm Monitor
The death of Bruce Sandison has robbed the wild salmon of Scotland of one of their most fierce defenders. More than anyone else, Bruce opened our eyes to the perils produced by salmon farming. I remember meeting him in Scotland in the early 1990s and being inspired by the way he had foreseen the destruction that salmon farming was doing to a great many rivers on the west coast of Scotland.
His pioneering foresight aroused the determination of numerous individuals and groups to join and lead a worldwide campaign to make governments realise they should adopt and enforce a green and sustainable fish farming policy. This was a battle to change …
to be held at Grev Wedels plass 9, Oslo on 27th October 2016 17:30 – 21:30 CE
View the catalogue here: nasf-norway-auction-catalogue-2016
Direct on web starting at 18.00: www.villaksauksjonen.hooked.no
There are presently 110 inductees in the International Game Fish Association’s Hall of Fame, including angling luminaries such as Charles Ritz, Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Gary Loomis and Lee and Joan Wulff. On September 13, four more people from the game fishing world will be joining this select fraternity in the 2016 awards, one of whom is Orri Vigfusson of the the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF).
As NASF’s founder and chairman, Orri is being recognised yet again for his outstanding contribution to Atlantic salmon conservation and already holds the IGFA’s Conservation Award (2005) and The Coldwater Conservation Award (2003). At the 18th annual ceremony he will be in the company of Tim Choate (billfish conservation), Jerry and Deborah Dunaway (big game fishing), Chico Fernandez (saltwater fly-fishing) and Dr John E. Graves (marine conservation).
Orri began his conservation efforts 25 years ago …
Last weekend two rivers opened for salmon fishing in Iceland: the Nordura in the southwest and the Blanda in the northwest.
In it’s first two days the Nordura yielded between 50 and 60 salmon to it’s 8 rods.
Similarly the Blanda, although fishing just 4 rods, is known to have produced 50 salmon before the close of the opening day on Sunday.
There looks like some great early runs and salmon have been spotted a considerable distance up many rivers already. Most rivers do not open up until between 15th–25th June but sightings of numerous salmon have been reported in many places. First indications suggest that the condition and size of the salmon is also very good.
Voluntary Buyouts Begin to Pay Off in Southern England
Over recent years NASF, together with its conservation partnerships, have agreed voluntary buyouts with netsmen intercepting salmon from the Exe, Dart and Hampshire Avon. These vital conservation measures are now beginning to pay off as 2015 reports suggest that catches of Atlantic salmon in the Avon were the best they had been for the past 20–30 years. it is hoped that the Exe and Dart will demonstrate similar returns in the near future.
The Hampshire Avon is a primarily a spring river which opens on the 1st of February and closes on the 31st August. Somerley, near Ringwood, reported over 50 salmon by the end of May 2015, 30 of which were landed during the fly only period prior to 15th May, with several fish close to 20lbs. The quality of its fishing …