Orri Vigfússon

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Orri Vigfússon
Orri in conversation with Silver Donald Cameron about his work.
Born (1942-07-10)10 July 1942
Died 1 July 2017(2017-07-01) (aged 74)
Cause of death lung cancer
Nationality Icelandic
Occupation entrepreneur and environmentalist
Awards Goldman Environmental Prize

Orri Vigfússon (10 July 1942[1] – 1 July 2017)[2] was an Icelandic entrepreneur and environmentalist. His stated objective was to "restore the abundance of wild salmon that formerly existed on both sides of the North Atlantic".[3]

In 2004 Time magazine named him a "European Hero".[4] He was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2007 for his efforts on saving endangered species.[3] [5] In 2008, he was elected as a Senior Global Fellow to the Ashoka Fellowship.[6]

He died on 1 July 2017 in Reykjavik of lung cancer at the age of 74.[7][8]