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Orri Vigfusson is based in Reykjavik, Iceland. He has received a wide range of awards and honours for his work. These include the Goldman Environmental Prize and knighthoods from the Queen of Denmark and the President of Iceland. NASF has active branches in the USA, Norway, Denmark, France, Spain and the UK. Each autumn NASF hosts a range of fund- raising activities.


More information can be found on: www.nasfworldwide.com


Be a supporter of the fund! A part of the sales of the Simms NASF t-shirts will go directly to the fund. The drawing of the beautiful salmon is made by Thomas Weiergang.


The North


Atlantic Salmon Fund – conservation is about acting, not talking!


The world is full of well-meaning individuals and angling and conservation NGOs with the right policies. Despite this, the state of Atlantic salmon is one of dwindling stocks, with more and more rivers red-listed as threatened or endangered. NASF, however, behaves differently. It is not prepared to play delaying games with bureaucrats or hesitant politicians.


NASF cares deeply about the wild salmon and the communities that depend on this fabled fish. NASF’s vision is to restore Atlantic salmon numbers to their former abundance. Nothing less. And it has set about achieving this in the fastest way possible by stopping the commercial exploitation of salmon. This protects the bulk of the stocks that survive from falling victim to the serried ranks of nets and long lines that formerly blocked the salmon’s migration routes.


NASF was founded in 1989 by the Icelandic businessman and ardent fly-fishing angler, Orri Vigfusson. Since then, Orri and NASF have played a very significant role in salmon conservation. This progress has come despite some opposition from organisations and individuals whose futures and jobs depend on a continuing pattern of long-term research and high-volume circulation of reports and memos. They feel threatened when Orri insists that salmon conservation is not necessarily rocket science.


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That’s why NASF’s main efforts have been directed at ending the devastating slaughter of mixed stocks of salmon in the coastal waters of the North Atlantic. The aim is simple but achieving the desired outcome always involves long negotiations and extensive fund-raising. It is done by persuading commercial fishermen to give up salmon fishing in return for compensation that replaces the income they will lose. Their rewards come in money, assistance to convert their boats and switch to sustainable forms of fishing for other species or finding them new jobs. Often the income these alternatives produce soon outgrows their initial lost earnings.


By acknowledging the rights of commercial fishermen and compensating them for not exercising those rights NASF and its allies have been able to close down more than 85 % of these unsustainable fisheries. Key achievements are agreements (together with Atlantic Salmon Federation) with KNAPK, the fishermen and hunters organization in Greenland and with the salmon fishermen of the Faroe Islands.


NASF is currently campaigning strongly against the last remaining large-scale mixed- stock fishery off Finnmark, Northern Norway. The damage, disease and genetic threats that are the disastrous by-products of the salmon farming industry are also high on the agenda for NASF.


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