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    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
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    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.

2020/2021 LG Award

Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Wild Atlantic Salmon Conservation

2020/2021 Recipient: Debbie Norton


The New Brunswick Salmon Council Inc. is pleased to announce that Mrs. Debbie Norton has been selected as the recipient of the 2020/2021 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Wild Atlantic Salmon Conservation.

Born and raised along the Miramichi River, Mrs. Norton spent her early years shadowing her father on his treks along its shores and through its adjacent woodlands. In doing so she developed a deep appreciation for the beauty and importance of the Atlantic salmon. That appreciation has translated into a lifelong passion for the protection and conservation of salmon and the roles that they play in the region's ecology, culture and economy.

After receiving graduate and post graduate degrees in education Mrs. Norton returned to the Miramichi to pursue a career as a teacher. During her 30 year teaching career she had the opportunity to educate many young people on the greatness of the Miramichi and the importance of the Atlantic Salmon. She also had the opportunity to renew and pursue her passion for salmon conservation.

Mrs. Norton's energy and contributions to Atlantic salmon and resource conservation are numerable and too extensive to list in detail. She has been and / or still is a member, Director, or President of:
  • the New Brunswick Salmon Council,
  • the Northumberland Salmon Protection Association,
  • the Miramichi Watershed Management Committee,
  • the Miramichi Salmon Association,
  • the Atlantic Salmon Federation,
  • the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund Council, and
  • the New Brunswick Professional Outfitters and Guides Association.
She has worked tirelessly with conservation organizations, indigenous interests and governments, politicians and departments across all levels of government, scientific and academic institutions, and industry to protect and conserve New Brunswick's Atlantic salmon; the habitats on which they depend; and the cultural and societal benefits they support.

In addition to the thousands of volunteer hours that she has provided, she has also directly contributed or fund-raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of Atlantic salmon conservation.

Kevin Davidson, President of the New Brunswick Salmon Council Inc. describes Mrs. Norton as “A driving force in the world of wild Atlantic salmon conservation and the protection of New Brunswick's natural resources. 

The Lieutenant Governor's Award for Wild Atlantic Salmon Conservation is the province's most prestigious and preeminent recognition of individual (s) whose efforts have contributed significantly to the conservation and protection of New Brunswick's Atlantic salmon. It is normally presented annually but due to Covid-19 restrictions on meetings and ceremonies, the current award covers the 2020/2021 period.

Mrs. Norton will receive her award on Friday, October 22 from the Honorable Brenda Murphy, New Brunswick's Lieutenant Governor at a ceremony beginning at 11:00 AM at Old Government House in Fredericton.

For further information contact:
John Bagnall- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(506) 450-0827. Gold (506) 461-4656


The New Brunswick Salmon Council (NBSC) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization, dedicated to protecting wild Atlantic salmon and supporting restoration and enhancement activity on all watersheds in New Brunswick.  The NBSC is comprised of, and represents, 30 affiliated salmon angling/conservation organizations throughout New Brunswickand is the Regional Council of the Atlantic Salmon Federation in New Brunswick.