Salmon advocate Wilf Carter is Hall of Fame’s newest inductee
Dr. Wilfred M. "Wilf" Carter of St. Andrews, New Brunswick, an internationally-recognized wild Atlantic salmon conservationist, and founding executive director of the Atlantic Salmon Federation has been posthumously inducted into the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame. Carter’s extraordinary work was celebrated at an awards ceremony on February 12th, which also kicked off the Spring Fishing and Boat Show in Mississauga, Ontario.
Carter, who passed away in March 2009, dedicated more than 50 years of his life to conserving wild Atlantic salmon. He had an unfaltering commitment to the cause of conserving Atlantic salmon, developed through fishing as a boy on the rivers of Gaspé, Quebec. A forward-thinking conservationist, Carter believed that all living creatures and the forests, lakes and rivers that shelter them are part of the fabric that sustains and supports humankind.
Outdoor Canada editor-in-chief Patrick Walsh accepted the award on behalf of Carter’s family and the Atlantic Salmon Federation, and read a message from the ASF. In it, the ASF noted that among Carter’s most notable achievements were the closure of commercial Atlantic salmon fisheries, and widespread acceptance of catch and release by anglers. Carter was also a founding member of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO), established in 1984, to provide a forum for nations to consult and cooperate on threats to salmon stocks.
“Perhaps Wilf’s greatest contribution was his ability to engage people in shared endeavours, regardless of their backgrounds, whether socialites, wealthy entrepreneurs, guides or down-to-earth, everyday people,” the ASF said. “He made salmon conservation a cause anyone could support, a legacy that greatly strengthens ASF’s fight on behalf of wild Atlantic salmon and their environment.”