Nov. 9, 2017
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Paul Fitzgerald receives 2017 Lee Wulff Conservation Award
Top ASF (U.S.) honor recognizes national contribution to Atlantic salmon conservation
New York – Paul Fitzgerald has been named this year’s recipient of the Lee Wulff Conservation Award. Given annually by the Atlantic Salmon Federation (U.S.) since 1987, this award recognizes individuals who make a difference at a regional or national level for wild Atlantic salmon.
Fitzgerald has served continually as a director of the Atlantic Salmon Federation (U.S.) since 2003, and before that as a member of the ASF National Council. Since 2002 he has volunteered on ASF’s New York dinner committee, helping to raise millions of dollars for wild Atlantic salmon conservation.
“Paul has shown tremendous dedication and leadership and we’re grateful for his contribution. Wild salmon conservation is a big job, often against the odds. Without dedicated directors and volunteers like Paul, ASF would not be able to carry out our mission,” said John Dillon, Chairman, ASF (U.S.).
Fitzgerald calls New York home, but spends time every year in Montana, and rivers around the world angling for Atlantic salmon. A successful financial executive, Fitzgerald is an avid angler and outdoorsman with a heart for conservation.
“Paul would be the first person to downplay the contribution he has made to the New York dinner, but its success today can be traced back to the hours he spent volunteering and building support for ASF in the community,” said Bill Taylor, President and CEO of the Atlantic Salmon Federation.
The Lee Wulff award was given at ASF’s annual board meeting, November 9th in New York, the day following the 2017 gala fundraiser. This year’s event raised money to support a new conservation agreement with Greenland and a continuation of the deal in place with Faroe Island fishermen. Atlantic salmon from North America and Europe migrate to Greenland and the Faroe Islands to feed before returning to their home rivers to spawn.
Together, ASF and the North Atlantic Salmon Fund have maintained a conservation agreement with Faroese fishermen since 1991. The last agreement with Greenland expired in 2011 and since then that country’s fishermen have escalated commercial landings. Conservation agreements pay fair market value to fishermen that elect not to net their quota of wild Atlantic salmon.
The Lee Wulff Conservation Award is named for the famous angler, artist, and conservationist who is often credited with inventing live release, the practice of carefully playing a fish and returning it alive to the water. Wulff was an officer of the Atlantic Salmon Federation. He helped popularize the sport of salmon angling in North America and was an important early voice in the conservation movement.
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For more information contact:
Neville Crabbe – ASF Communications