For Immediate Release
June 20, 2017
Atlantic Salmon Federation hires first Chief Operating Officer
ST. ANDREWS – Robert Otto has been hired as Chief Operating Officer of the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF). He was chosen as the best candidate from a large field of qualified applicants for his training, management experience and knowledge of the issues facing wild Atlantic salmon conservation and management.
"Robert will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of ASF programs," said President and CEO Bill Taylor. "It will allow me to dedicate more time to advocacy and ensuring the resources are in place to support our research, habitat work and community outreach programs."
A native of Truro, Nova Scotia, Otto earned his Masters of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. He began his career as a caribou biologist in Labrador and went on to hold several director level positions in the Newfoundland and Labrador government, including Director of the Science Division and Director of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science, as well as the Acting Director of Air Quality, Climate Change and Resource Management with Environment Nova Scotia.
"ASF is in a unique position to make a significant difference for wild Atlantic salmon," said Otto. "I want to ensure we stay focused on solving the big problems for salmon, and working with our partners to ensure the best decisions are made for the future.
Otto will be based at ASF's international headquarters in Chamcook, N.B. His family will also relocate to the area.
"We welcome Robert to the community. We know he will make many positive contributions," said Bill Taylor.
"ASF is in a period of transition and growth with the recent addition of several outstanding staff in key positions. Under Robert's leadership the organization is ready to refocus and clearly define our priorities to ensure they line up with what wild Atlantic salmon need most," said Bill Taylor.
Robert Otto has been a member of ASF since 2005 and served on the board of ASF's provincial affiliate, the Salmonid Preservation Association for the Waters of Newfoundland, known as SPAWN.
For more information please contact:
Tom Moffatt – ASF Communications
The Atlantic Salmon Federation was founded in 1948. We are dedicated to ensuring the survival and restoration of wild Atlantic salmon throughout the North Atlantic. Our federation includes provincial and state councils, and affiliate groups throughout Eastern Canada and New England, representing tens of thousands of members and volunteers.