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Old 03-07-2017, 09:00 AM
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The North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF) has announced with great sadness, the passing of its founder and Chairman Mr. Orri Vigfússon.

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Mr Vigfússon succumbed to lung cancer at Iceland’s national hospital in Reyjavik yesterday July 1st 2017 only nine 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 days 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.

The North Atlantic Salmon Fund, NASF, is an international coalition of voluntary private sector conservation groups who have come together to restore stocks of wild Atlantic salmon to their historic abundance.

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Here is Orri being interviewed in the Flyfishers' Club

What a loss to the world of salmon.

NASF Aims & Objectives

– The NASF OBJECTIVE is to restore salmon stocks to historic abundance.
– MORE SALMON bring more diversity and ensures a profitable sport fishery.
– COMMERCIAL AGREEMENTS we believe are the key


– We promote authentic conservation
– We respect historic rights of netsmen
– We pay the netsmen not to fish for salmon
– We help arrange alternative sustainable fishing for the netsmen.

NASF works with netsmen to make the North Atlantic environment a showcase example of bio-diversity and sustainable development.

Cmmercial Deals 1989-2008 inspired by NASF principles and policy

2008 Net buy out in Wales
2008 New Greenland 7 Year Agreement
2007 Net Buy Out on the West Coast of Scotland
2007 NASF Partnership Strathy Point Nets to be phased out by Scottish Executive
2006 Ireland bans Drift Nets and some Draft/Snap nets
2006 Pilot Buyout Project of nets in Trondheim Fjord
2006 NASF (UK) First Agreement with Montrose nets NASF in Norway.
2003 NASF North Sea Agreement with North East England drift netsman
2003 NASF Northern Ireland Conservancy Salmon Agreement
2002 NASF-KNAPK West Greenland 5-year Moratorium Agreement
2001 NASF-MSF Agreements. Buyout Agreements in SW England
2000 NASF-Wye/USK Coalition Agreement buys out Wales driftnets
1997 CG64-AIDSA/NASF Adour River Moratorium Set-Aside Agreement
1997 NASF completes Moratorium Agreement in Icelandic waters
1996 NASF launches Greenland Development projects
1995 NASF Second NE Atlantic Salmon Agreement
1994 NASF Partners stop Pirate Fisheries
1993 NASF West Greenland Salmon Quota Purchase Agreement
1992 Canadian Government 90-million dollar Purchase Agreement
1991 NASF First NE Atlantic Salmon Quota Purchase Agreement
1990 First White river region Set-aside Agreement
1989 The launch of NASF through Quota Purchase Committee
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Another tribute from Salmon & Trout Conservation UK....

All at Salmon & Trout Conservation are very saddened to hear that Orri Vigfusson has passed away. He did so much to save Atlantic salmon from the high seas netting that was such a great threat to the species, but at the same time he was determined that commercial netsmen should be properly compensated for giving up their licenses to fish for salmon. His stated objective was to "restore the abundance of wild salmon that formerly existed on both sides of the North Atlantic". That was an attitude that endeared him to both sides of the issue, and was the basis for his great success in helping to close down damaging commercial net fisheries throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

Amongst his many honours, Orri was made a Vice President of the Salmon & Trout Association (as we were then called) in the 1990s.

Orri was currently helping members of the England Fisheries Group on the Environment Agency’s 5-point recovery action for salmon, especially over the North east English coastal nets. He will be very sadly missed by all of us in the working group, as he will be by the host of other fisheries people with whom he came into contact around the world. Our thoughts are with his widow, Unna, and the rest of his family.

RIP to a great salmon conservationist.
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and from the Atlantic Salmon Trust...

It is with great sadness that salmon conservationists and anglers around the Atlantic learnt of the death of Orri Vigfússon. Orri worked tirelessly to restore wild Atlantic salmon to their natural abundance. One of Orri’s greatest achievements was to put in place a financial support package for salmon fishermen in Greenland. This package consolidated the international agreement to end the commercial fisheries off the Greenland coast and to limit fishing to a far smaller inshore subsistence fishery.

Our deepest sympathy to Orri’s family and friends.

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