All at Salmon & Trout Conservation are very saddened to hear that Orri Vigfùsson 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 until very recently 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, Unnur, and the rest of his family.
RIP to a great salmon conservationist.