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Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Wild Atlantic Salmon Conservation

2009 Recipient: David Hashey

The New Brunswick Salmon Council (NBSC) is pleased to announce that David T. Hashey, Q.C., of Fredericton, NB, has been selected as the 2009 recipient of The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Wild Atlantic Salmon Conservation.  This prestigious award is presented annually by the NBSC to an individual or organization that has made significant and lasting contributions to the conservation of wild Atlantic salmon in the province of New Brunswick.

The Honourable Graydon Nicholas, Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick and Honorary Patron of the NBSC, will be presenting the Award to Mr. Hashey, Guest of Honour, on Thursday, May 13th, during the annual fundraising dinner hosted by the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) and the NBSC at the Fredericton Delta.  “I am delighted to be able to pay tribute to the lifetime commitment of David Hashey,” said Lt-Gov. Nicholas.  “I know Mr. Hashey to be a dedicated volunteer and tireless supporter of the wild Atlantic salmon.  He lives and breathes salmon conservation.”

Mark Hambrook, recently elected President of the NBSC said, “It is an honour and privilege for the NB Salmon Council to recognize David’s many contributions to the health and vitality of wild Atlantic salmon and to the community of people and local organizations around the province who pour their hearts into protecting this precious natural resource.”  Adds Mr. Hambrook, “Having served as a past President of the NBSC, David realized that the power of the conservation movement lay in the work of the grassroots organizations and as such, he worked hard to ensure that all organizations striving to conserve wild Atlantic salmon and their rivers were supported and recognized for their efforts.”

Over the course of his tenure, Mr. Hashey was instrumental in giving visibility to the conservation practice of live release angling by working closely with the province to implement the “Live Release” salmon angling license.   This license provides anglers the opportunity to win a selection of prizes from a draw in exchange for their commitment to releasing all grilse successfully angled in a given season. (Note: anglers have been required to release all large salmon in NB since 1984). 

 It was through Mr. Hashey’s work with The Honourable Marilyn Trenholme-Counsel that The Lieutenant-Governor became Honorary Patron of the NB Salmon Council and that the Award for Wild Salmon Conservation came into being.  The Lieutenant Governor’s Award is hand-carved from a piece of New Brunswick black cherry by the late local artist Bill Page, and has been on permanent display at Old Government House since it was first awarded in 2000.

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), 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).