Responding to a recent claim in Fishing News International that the work of the NASF was not the answer to salmon recovery, some compelling figures have been released in reply.

Chairman Orri Vigfusson was responding to the direct comment that his philosophy of voluntary compensation schemes to netsmen in Ireland, ”was not the answer to returning salmon stocks to historic abundance".

According to Mr Vigfusson, it is "far too early to claim this. The closure of the Irish drift net fishery began in 2007 and since the life-cycle of wild salmon is normally 4 – 6 years we cannot really expect to see recovery until 2012 – 2018." The NASF has been actively campaigning since 1989 for the restoration of the wild Atlantic salmon fishery but seems to have fallen on deaf ears of successive Irish Fisheries Ministers who have all received "contructive presentations". He went on to say "If they had listened and taken the appropriate action we would probably have healthy salmon stocks in Ireland now."

Using the example of the River Selá in his native Iceland, a showcase model river where the NASF management policies have been applied over the past decades, the recovery of the previously decimated wild salmon population is hard to argue with to the benefit of all - fish, anglers and associated businesses alike. Please see the graph to the right.

"Let me also show you the results of our model river Selá where annual salmon catches (all wild, i.e. no stocking) grew from 100 to 300 and then again to 900. The last 10 years the river has seen another threefold increase up to no less than 2,715 salmon. This shows that with good management and without over-exploitation wild salmon can flourish. Just wait and see."

For more details of the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF) please visit their website at North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF). Helping restore Atlantic salmon to their natural abundance