Media Release: Noted Conservationist Receives 2018 Haig-Brown Conservation Award

VANCOUVER — The Totem Flyfishers have awarded noted conservationist and philanthropist Eric Hobson the 2018 Haig-Brown Conservation Award, named after venerable author, angler, conservationist, and magistrate, Roderick Haig-Brown.

“Eric Hobson’s work on sustainable aquaculture and wild salmon conservation embodies the spirit of Haig-Brown for whom this award is named,” says Totem’s president Tom Johannesen.

A Calgary resident enthusiastic about angling in B.C., Hobson has dedicated himself to conservation work in B.C.

One of the leading proponents of transferring fish farms from the ocean to land, Hobson founded the Save Our Salmon Society (SOS.) Hobson gave thousands of hours of volunteer time to help support NGOs working on the issue of fish farm impacts on wild salmon, while raising many thousands of dollars for scientific investigations, and indigenous court challenges.

A valued and experienced director for Watershed Watch Salmon Society, Hobson may be best known for his tireless work to finance and build the Kuterra land-based salmon farm in partnership with the ‘Namgis Nation in Port McNeill.

Hobson joins many accomplished past Haig-Brown Award recipients, including Dr. Marvin Roseneau, Dr. Craig Orr, Alexandra Morton, Calvin Woods, Stephen and Mark Hume, Bob Hooton, Pete Broomhall, Jim Culp, Joe Saysell, David Anderson, Van and Maxine Egan, Gil Sage, Dr. Tom Perry, Eugene Rogers, Rafe Mair, Lee Straight and Robert Taylor.


Tom Johannesen

President, Totem Flyfishers


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