On July 1, 2017 Orri Vigfússon passed away in Reykjavik, Iceland.
For decades he has been a very effective advocate for wild Atlantic salmon on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. On learning of Orri's passing, ASF's Bill Taylor had this to say:
We have lost a great friend, colleague, Atlantic salmon champion, family man and gentleman. Orri was a visionary who dedicated his life to conserving and restoring wild Atlantic salmon to abundance throughout their North Atlantic range. Together, NASF and ASF accomplished a great deal for the species, including the suspension of the Greenland commercial salmon fishery in 1993 and 1994 and during the period of 2002 to 2011. For his many contributions to wild Atlantic salmon conservation ASF awarded Orri the Lee Wulff Award in 2003. He will be greatly missed.
The directors and staff of ASF extend their most heartfelt condolences to Orri's wife Unnur and their family.
Below is a summary pdf. of Orri Vigfússon's accomplishments, as provided by his own organization, the North Atlantic Salmon Fund.