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Alan Graham Appointed Chair of ASF Canada

Monday June 27, 2016
For Immediate Release

Alan Graham appointed chair of ASF Canada

Atlantic Salmon Federation welcomes long-time politician, businessman, conservationist

St. Andrews -
Alan R. Graham of Rexton, N.B., will chair the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s Canadian board of directors. He replaces the Honourable Michael A. Meighen who held the position for ten years.

“We’re lucky as an organization to be able to attract such capable and interested people to help the cause of wild Atlantic salmon conservation,” said Bill Taylor, president of the Atlantic Salmon Federation.

Graham served in the New Brunswick Legislature for 31 years, winning eight consecutive elections. During that time he held various cabinet posts including the minister of agriculture, minister of natural resources, and deputy premier.

Public service has given Graham insight on fish and wildlife regulations and the government decision- making process. As a minister, he led the development of the New Brunswick trail network which spans the Province and connects with the Appalachian Trail system in Maine. He also introduced the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund, which has directed millions of dollars from the purchase of fishing and hunting licenses toward conservation.

Graham is a past director of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and is currently a board member of the Miramichi Uganda Foundation Inc., which operates an orphanage and school in that country with over 600 children in attendance.

In business, Graham has served as director for many public and private companies. With his wife Connie, Alan currently operates a number of family businesses in his home area of Kent County, New Brunswick.

Connie and Alan are passionate about Atlantic salmon fishing and have practiced catch and release for more than a decade. Graham is a member of the Square Forks Fishing Club on the Sevogle River, and also a member of the Anglers Club of New York.

“As chair of ASF’s Canadian board I hope to be able to get all levels of government working together to find out why so few fish are coming back to our rivers. Once we know the reasons, we can direct our efforts to solve the problems and increase Atlantic salmon numbers,” said Graham.

The Atlantic Salmon Federation is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of wild Atlantic salmon and the ecosystems on which their well-being and survival depend.  ASF has a network of seven regional councils (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Maine and Western New England).  The regional councils cover the freshwater range of the Atlantic salmon in Canada and the United States.

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For more information contact:
Neville Crabbe, Director of Communication

ncrabbe@asf.ca
(506) 529-1033