The North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF) has announced with great sadness, the passing of its founder and Chairman Mr Orri Vigfússon. The Countryside Alliance had long admired Mr Vigfússon’s conservation work and he spoke at a Scottish Countryside Alliance conference on the plight of North Atlantic salmon. His contribution was huge and he will be greatly missed, though his work will continue.
Fish & Fly reports: “Mr Vigfússon succumbed to lung cancer at Iceland’s national hospital in Reyjavik on July 1st 2017, nine days short of his 75th birthday. Mr. Vigfússon has for 27 years, tirelessly fought for the survival and restoration of the wild Atlantic salmon through the North Atlantic Salmon Fund earning him the admiration days and respect of environmentalists all over the world. He was recognised internationally for his vital conservation work and was awarded with numerous distinguished awards. He is survived by his wife Unnur Kristinsdóttir, 2 children and 3 granddaughters. The funeral service will be held in Reykjavík at Hallgrímskirkja, July 10th at 13:00.”