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Don Hustins

Newfoundlander Don Hustins Receives Salmon Conservation Award

April 26th, 2012

Newfoundlander Receives Salmon Conservation Award

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April 26, 2012        

St. Andrews, NB ….. The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) presented its top Canadian conservation award to Don Hustins of St. John’s, NL in Toronto on Tuesday, April 24.  

“Don Hustins is a leader in  preserving natural heritage, restoring salmon populations, establishing conservation-oriented regulations for the recreational fishery, and promoting live release in all fisheries,” said  the Honourable Michael Meighen, Chairman ASF Canada, as he presented the award to Mr. Hustins during meetings of  ASF’s joint Canada/United States board.

During his career as Newfoundland’s Director of Parks and Natural Areas, Mr. Hustins  had two rivers designated as Canadian Heritage rivers and established the Torngat Mountain National Park in Labrador.

He was  a founding member of the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland established in 1979. He helped set up the St. Mary’s Bay Atlantic Salmon Enhancement Program,  the first community sponsored Atlantic salmon enhancement program in Atlantic Canada.   Many rivers benefited from this program, including Rocky River, which had a major fishway installed to provide access to  migrating salmon.  In 2010, approximately 1,000 salmon returned to this now key salmon index river in Newfoundland.  

Don also helped establish NL’s River Classification System; introduce the use of single barbless hooks on all scheduled salmon rivers; launch improved salmon recreational fishery tags to reduce poaching and abuse; and eliminate the retention of large salmon.

 Don was president of the Salmonid Council of Newfoundland and Labrador (SCNL) from 2005 and 2011, and a Director of ASF, where his advice and knowledge contributed to sound conservation programs.  

Still active in SCNL, Don leads  a new live release training program and works with Aboriginals on an experimental project in Labrador aimed at replacing traditional gill nets in food fisheries with live traps, from which  large fish can be released unharmed.

Don is writing his third book, this one on the history of fly fishing in Newfoundland after 1949. He has also written for several publications, including the Atlantic Salmon Journal.

This conservation award is named in honour of T.B. “Happy” Fraser of Montréal for his many contributions to protect and conserve wild Atlantic salmon.  Since 1975, ASF has honoured more than 40 people, who, like Mr. Hustins, have contributed significantly to ensure the wild Atlantic salmon’s future.

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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ASF Contact:    Muriel Ferguson, Communications  506 529-1033 or 506 529-4581