Atlantic Salmon Federation Award
- By: Fly Rod and Reel
The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) has honored the organization’s VP of Research and Environment, Dr. Fred Whoriskey, who has taken the position of Executive Director, Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) at Dalhousie University. ASF’s Board of Directors presented the Lee Wulff Conservation Award to Fred at its meeting in New York on November 11 to recognize his outstanding 15-year service to ASF and to salmon conservation.
Chairman of the ASF (US) Board of Directors Rick Warren said, “Fred’s ingenuity and drive allowed ASF to deliver ground-breaking research programs, especially on the marine phase of the wild Atlantic salmon’s life cycle. His knowledge, passion and commitment convinced others of the great need for ocean research, and he was instrumental in establishing Dalhousie University’s OTN program.”
The OTN is now tracking movements of a wide variety of ocean-dwelling species, including wild Atlantic salmon, all over the planet. The OTN’s goal is to determine migration routes and patterns and to unravel some of the mysteries of what these creatures encounter in the ocean.
Widely recognized as one of the world’s leading research scientists in the field of Atlantic salmon, Fred Whoriskey helped build ASF’s Research and Environment Department into a world-class unit. He has led ASF interventions on a number of high profile environmental issues and was regularly consulted by governments and NGOs for his expertise and advice.
Mr. Warren concluded, “Fred has advanced the techniques and technology to conduct marine tracking research, a tremendous boost to the international effort to track salmon and other species in the ocean. Through his efforts, ASF has amassed vital data on the migration of wild Atlantic salmon that will guide conservation and management options for this iconic species.”
ASF presents the Lee Wulff Conservation Award annually for outstanding, long-term efforts to conserve threatened wild Atlantic salmon. Mr. Wulff, an angler, artist, author, and filmmaker, dedicated 60 years of his life to conserving the species and advocating catch and release angling to help safeguard its 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 depends.
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.