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Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Wild Atlantic Salmon Conservation

The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Wild Atlantic Salmon Conservation was created in 2000 by the New Brunswick Salmon Council in partnership with the Honourary Patron of the Council, the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick.  Recipients of the award are selected by a committee appointed by the New Brunswick Salmon Council.

The award is officially announced by the Lieutenant Governor each year at a reception held at Old Government House in Fredericton.  The recipient is recognized for having gone above and beyond the call of duty in their contribution to salmon conservation in New Brunswick.  Each of the recipients has a distinguished record when it comes to conserving the wild Atlantic salmon.

The recipients to date have included: the late Joseph F. Cullman 3rd former Chairman of the Atlantic Salmon Federation (2000), James D. Irving and J.D. Irving Limited (2001), Dr. Wilfred M. Carter and Jack T. H. Fenety former Presidents of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, the Miramichi Salmon Association (2002) and Black Brook Salmon Club and the Ristigouche Salmon Club (2003), Mr. J.W. Bud Bird, O.C. Chairman Emeritus of the Miramichi Salmon Association (2004), Rick Warren U.S. Chairman of the Atlantic Salmon Federation (2005), Robert (Bob) Baker President of the Nepisiguit Salmon Association, Danny Bird Manager of Kedgwick Lodge (2007), Peter Cronin Fisheries Manager at the provincial Department of Natural Resources (2008) and David T. Hashey, Q.C., former President of the NB Salmon Council (2009), L. Bryant Freeman (2010), former NBSC Officer and lifelong angler, fly-tier and conservationist, Jim Gillespie (2011), former President of the Hammond River Angling Association and NB Salmon Council and former NASCO Commissioner and Fred Wheaton (2012), founding member of Council’s predecessor group Save our Salmon and long-time chair of the NB Wildlife Federation’s Fisheries Committee.

The award itself is also in a distinguished category of bas-relief art. Hand carved from a piece of native New Brunswick black cherry by the late Bill Page, the image depicts the hand of an angler beneath the water surface after having safely released an Atlantic salmon back to its natural environment. The carving has been polished and rubbed with a special oil to preserve its lasting beauty and is on display throughout the year at Old Government House, the official residence of New Brunswick’s Lieutenant Governor in Fredericton.  A replica of the original carving has been created by New Brunswick artist Andrew Giffin and is intended for the recipient to take home.  The award was presented to this year’s recipient Manley Price by the Hon. Lieutenant Governor, Graydon Nicholas, at Old Government House in Fredericton on the morning of Wednesday, May 14th.

The New Brunswick Salmon Council (NBSC) has headquarters in Fredericton and is the Regional Council of the Atlantic Salmon Federation in New Brunswick.  The NBSC is a non-profit corporation.  Its work is carried out through a delegation of volunteers who are dedicated to the wise management and conservation of the wild Atlantic salmon in the rivers of New Brunswick. There are 29 salmon conservation organizations and angling groups from the Province that are affiliates of the Council.