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
Died1 July 2017(2017-07-01) (aged 74)
Cause of deathlung cancer
Occupationentrepreneur and environmentalist
AwardsGoldman 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]


  1. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=6zoWAQAAMAAJ&q=Orri+Vigfússon+1942&dq=Orri+Vigfússon+1942&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjwjsC5n-7UAhXFJ5oKHRz8CIwQ6AEIHDAA
  2. ^ https://www.fishandfly.com/orri-vigfusson/
  3. ^ a b Goldman Environmental Prize 2007: Orri Vigfússon (Retrieved on 2007-10-25)
  4. ^ "Saving the Wild Salmon", Time Europe magazine, 11 October 2004
  5. ^ "Salmon campaigner lands top award" – BBC News (Sunday, 22 April 2007) (Retrieved on March 26, 2008)
  6. ^ "Orri Vigfusson, Ashoka Fellow". Retrieved 2014-10-21.
  7. ^ Orri Vigfússon er látinn (in Icelandic)
  8. ^ The world loses the great salmon champion – Orri Vigfússon