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, …
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.
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.
TO NASF CONSERVATION PARTNERS IN NORWAY, SWEDEN, DENMARK, FINLAND, RUSSIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, LUXEMBOURG, SPAIN, FRANCE, ENGLAND, WALES, SCOTLAND, FAROE ISLANDS, GREENLAND, CANADA, AND THE USA.
PREVENTING THE NAME OF ICELAND’S GREEN ENERGY BEING TARNISHED
In the last few years we have been fighting a tough battle with the Icelandic Government who wants to build three dams (Hvammur, Holta & Urridafoss) on the mighty Thjórsá river, which hosts the largest, wild sustainable stock of Atlantic salmon found in any river in Iceland.
Initially the Government and Landsvirkjun (National Power Company) commissioned the Freshwater Institute to compile some data and called it an environmental assessment. Our experts have scrutinized this data and found serious flaws, omissions and wrongdoings. The projects would ruin fish stocks in this river system; sea-trout would be totally eliminated; and salmon stocks would be damaged …
Reykjavik February 6, 2014: – The fishermen of the Faroe Islands have joined the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF) in condemning the Scottish and Norwegian governments for continuing to encourage the commercial exploitation of scarce wild salmon stocks.
The decision to highlight the refusal of the two countries to follow international scientific advice to protect Atlantic salmon stocks was taken at a meeting in Iceland of the Faroe Salmon Fishing Vessel Owner´s Association (Laksaskip) and NASF.
Most of the remaining stocks of wild salmon from European rivers migrate to the seas off the Faroes to feed and grow and the two organisations meet annually to review the state of the stocks. The maturing salmon are at their most vulnerable to commercial exploitation while they mass on their feeding grounds in northern waters.
For 23 years the commercial salmon fishery off the Faroes has been …