Orri Vigfússon

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Orri in conversation with Silver Donald Cameron about his work.

Orri Vigfússon (10 July 1942[1] – 1 July 2017)[2] was an Icelandic entrepreneur and environmentalist. His work was to "restore the abundance of wild salmon that formerly existed on both sides of the North Atlantic".[3] He was born in Siglufjörður, Iceland.

In 2004 Time Magazine named him a "European Hero".[4] He was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2007 for his efforts on saving endangered species.[3] [5] In 2008, he was elected as a Senior Global Fellow to the Ashoka Fellowship.[6]

Vigfússon died on 1 July 2017 in Reykjavik, Iceland of lung cancer at the age of 74.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. Iceland Review. H.J. Hamar. 1995.
  2. Fly, Fish &. "Orri Vigfússon – The world loses the great salmon champion - Fish and Fly".
  3. 3.0 3.1 Goldman Environmental Prize 2007: Orri Vigfússon (Retrieved on 2007-10-25)
  4. ""Saving the Wild Salmon", Time Europe magazine, 11 October 2004".
  5. "Salmon campaigner lands top award" – BBC News (Sunday, 22 April 2007) (Retrieved on March 26, 2008)
  6. "Orri Vigfusson, Ashoka Fellow". Retrieved 2014-10-21.
  7. Orri Vigfússon er látinn (in Icelandic)