Miramichi Salmon Conservationist Receives Top Award
For immediate release
Aprill 29, 2013
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St. Andrews - The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) will present Mark Hambrook, President of the Miramichi Salmon Association (MSA), with the organization’s highest honor at meetings of ASF’s Board of Directors in Montreal on May 2nd. The award has been presented annually since 1975 in memory of T.B. “Happy” Fraser to an individual who has made outstanding, long-term contributions to wild Atlantic salmon conservation.
Born and raised on the Miramichi in Renous, Mr. Hambrook’s passion and dedication for salmon conservation have helped to make the Miramichi recognized as one of the best managed salmon rivers in the world. Over the course of his 35-year long career in salmon conservation, his knowledge and experience has been extended to numerous rivers and organizations interested in salmon conservation, and he has become a recognized leader in salmon management throughout North America.
A graduate of the University of New Brunswick, Mr. Hambrook began his career as a biologist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), where he was subsequently employed for more than 18 years. Working for the department as Manager of the Miramichi Salmonid Enhancement Center in South Esk, NB, he was known to be an influential supporter of anglers and their role in salmon conservation.
When the federal government announced the closure of the Salmonid Enhancement Center in 1997, Mr. Hambrook was determined to stay in the Miramichi community; he partnered with the MSA as a private investor to acquire the hatchery from DFO, now known as the Miramichi Salmon Conservation Center. The association assumed full ownership of the facility in 2000, and Mr. Hambrook continues to guide its operations today as President of the MSA.
“Mark’s life work embodies the spirit of the Happy Fraser award”, says Michael Meighen, Chairman of ASF (Canada). “His personal commitment is admired by the many people who, like Mark, recognize the importance of protecting one of the largest Atlantic salmon runs in the world. The salmon of the Miramichi River contributed $16 million to Canada’s GDP, and created 637 full time jobs in 2010, according to Gardner Pinfold Consulting Economists. We’d like to thank Mark for his significant involvement in protecting and restoring the Miramichi’s famed wild Atlantic salmon that attract visitors from around the world”.
Mr. Hambrook will be the 38th recipient of the “Happy” Fraser Award. T.B. Fraser was a former President of the Atlantic Salmon Association in Montreal who made significant contributions to Atlantic salmon conservation, both nationally and internationally.
The Atlantic Salmon Federation is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of wild Atlantic salmon and the ecosystems on which their well being and survival depend. ASF has a network of seven regional councils (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Maine and Western New England). The regional councils cover the freshwater range of the Atlantic salmon in Canada and the United States.
ASF Contact: Livia Goodbrand, Communications: 506 529-1033 ( o ) or 506 469-1033 ( c )