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Icelander wins Goldman Environmental Prize

Orri Vigfússon, a businessman and head of the Protection Fund for Wild Salmon (NAFS), will receive the Goldman Environmental Prize in San Francisco tonight for his fight to protect wild salmon in the North Atlantic.

According to Morgunbladid, Vigfússon will receive USD 125,000 (EUR 92,000) in recognition of his work. He is the first representative from the field of economy to receive the award.

“I have always said that this has to be organized so that everyone will profit – the net fishers should also profit. If the salmon stocks disappear, everyone will lose,” Vigfússon said.

Since 1989, NAFS has raised more than ISK 2 billion (USD 31.9 million, EUR 22.8 million) and has used the money to buy nets used for salmon fishing in the North Atlantic. It is believed that net fishing has dropped by more than 75 percent since then.

Vigfússon said the North Atlantic salmon’s future becomes brighter every month. “In my mind there is no doubt that we have the answer to the salmon’s problem. We only have to execute it.”

The Goldman Prize, nicknamed “The Nobel Prize for Environment Protection” is given to six individuals each year for outstanding achievement in protecting the environment.

Established in 1990 by Richard and Rhoda Goldman, it is the world’s largest prize honoring grassroots environmentalists.

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