Kris Hunter, new ASF Director of Programs in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

May 10, 2019
Kris Hunter, ASF Director of Programs for Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
ASF is extremely pleased to welcome Kris Hunter of Antigonish as the new Director of Programs for Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. He knows and cares about the Atlantic salmon and the rivers in which they live, and has 20 years experience with salmon on both coasts of Canada.

Kris had an interest in fisheries while growing up on Prince Edward Island, which he pursued with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Mathematics at St. Francis Xavier University, then studies at Waterloo, and finally working on the biology of salmonids at the University of British Columbia.

He has “real world” experience on the rivers of Nova Scotia and PEI, and personally knows many of the individuals who strive to restore wild Atlantic salmon runs to health. For a decade, he has been a director of the Nova Scotia Salmon Association, including seven years on the executive. For the past twelve years, he has been a lab instructor at St. Francis Xavier University, where he has taught ecology, physiology, and biological diversity. Plus, he has taken part in many aquatic resources field camps, and has supervised numerous senior student research projects.
Kris Hunter out on a Nova Scotia river.
Besides this background, he has worked as a biologist for the St. Mary’s River Association, DFO and NS Inland Fisheries, and co-wrote the recovery strategy for the St. Mary’s River. On top of this, he has been involved in numerous environmental assessment and monitoring projects.

Kris Hunter has also had experience in critically analyzing projects to make maximum advantage of funds that are never sufficient when it comes to restoring rivers. He has served on the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation’s Nova Scotia Advisory Council.

Easy to talk to and enthusiastic about rivers and salmon, he especially loves to get outside and go fishing with his two kids. He very much believes in finding ways to connect the next generation with rivers and salmon.

We are sure that Kris Hunter’s wide range of expertise and the special understanding he brings to Atlantic salmon conservation will benefit PEI and Nova Scotia in particular, and through shared knowledge, all wild Atlantic salmon in their North American range.

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