• We Believe....

    We believe that the time has come for the implementation of an integrated approach to Atlantic salmon conservation goals.

    We believe that the time has come for the implementation of an integrated approach to Atlantic salmon conservation goals in which the federal government and the provincial government work together cooperatively, rather than separately.
  • New Brunswick Salmon Council

    We are the New Brunswick Salmon Council. Affiliated with the Atlantic Salmon Federation, with which we cooperate in our common pursuits. The NBSC promotes and supports conservation planning and management at the watershed level, as an ecological and geographic unit, as the basis for promoting the most effective use of, and accountability for, funds made available to its funded projects
  • New Brunswick Salmon Council

    The NBSC, ASF, and our affiliates work together to protect wild Atlantic salmon and their precious freshwater and marine environments. The NBSC and our member organizations conduct scientific research and promote education and public awareness programs.
  • New Brunswick Salmon Council

    The work of the Council is carried out by volunteers and it is funded entirely by donations from persons interested in the conservation and wise management of the wild Atlantic salmon.

2012 Lieutenant Governor's Award

Lt. Governor’s Award for Wild Atlantic Salmon Conservation

2012 Recipient:Fred Wheaton 

Fred hails from Sackville, NB, where he says he was born with a fishing rod in his hand.  His love of fishing came from his days as a young boy spent trout fishing in the local streams.  After moving to Moncton in 1960, he began to hear about the great salmon fishing nearby and so he started exploring the Little, Pollet and Petitcodiac rivers.  In April 1961, Fred caught his first wild Atlantic salmon – a healthy spring kelt.  That was it – he was hooked!  Since that time, Fred has travelled nearly all of New Brunswick’s rivers and has dedicated much of his personal time, energy and passion to the protection and conservation of not just wild Atlantic salmon, but all native fish species and wildlife.  His accomplishments are many:

-        Charter member of both the Save Our Salmon group (1978) and its evolved state as the first Salmon Council (New Brunswick) of the Atlantic Salmon Federation.  Served as Director and Vice President.

-        Long-time member and past executive member of the Moncton Fish and Game Association.

-        Chair of the Fisheries Committee of the NB Wildlife Federation since 1975.

-        Founding member of the NB Wildlife Council – 1996.

-        Member and then Chair of the NB Fish & Wildlife Advisory Board, and also served on the NB Sportsfish Advisory Council.  Worked on developing NB Wildlife Policy which later evolved into the Wildlife Trust Fund.

-        Original member of the Selection Committee for the Canada Recreational Fisheries Awards since its inception in 1989.

-        Recently finished a three- year term as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation.

-        Was active in the Canada- New Brunswick Cooperative Agreement on Recreational Angling, including preparation of an in depth analysis of the 1992-96 program.

-        Served 3-4 years on the Candadian Wildlife Federation Fisheries Committee, travelling nationwide to contribute to a book called “Rising to the Challenge” by Dr. Peter Pearse.

-        Received the Roderick Haig-Brown Award for his contribution to Canada’s recreational fisheries by the Canadian Wildlife Federation circa 1988.

-        Named to the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s Roll of Honor in 1992. 

 

Fred’s proudest accomplishments are his selection for the Roderick Haig-Brown Award and for having played a role in ending commercial fisheries for wild Atlantic salmon and in promoting the immense conservation value of ending the recreational harvest of large Atlantic salmon in 1984.

What his peers say:

“Fred has always been known as the “go to”  person in NB for his insightful analysis and educated opinion for all things related to Atlantic salmon, not only by the media and government bodies such as DFO and DNR, but also, most importantly,  by a  vast majority of his peers.” – Bob Baker, President – NSA