Atlantic Salmon Federation Welcomes New Biologist and Program Director for New Brunswick

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Life has come full circle for Nathan Wilbur and Jason Daniels who both grew up alongside salmon rivers in New Brunswick, Canada.

International Headquarters of the Atlantic Salmon Federation in Chamcook, New Brunswick

Nathan and Jason will put their education and experience to work to meet the challenges of restoring wild Atlantic salmon.

The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) is pleased to welcome Nathan Wilbur of Fredericton and Jason Daniels of St. Andrews as new staff members. Nathan joins ASF as the Program Director for New Brunswick and Jason as a biologist with the Research and Environment Department.

“I am so pleased to have both Nathan and Jason join the ASF team,” said Bill Taylor, President of ASF. “They both grew up alongside New Brunswick salmon rivers and have a true understanding and appreciation for our conservation and restoration work on behalf of wild Atlantic salmon.” Nathan Wilbur replaces Geoff Giffin who was promoted to Director of Regional Programs in 2014. Nathan’s new role is to engage with ASF’s salmon conservation partners, government and other organizations in New Brunswick that share ASF’s concern for the health of wild Atlantic salmon and their environment.

Jason Daniels joins a team of five biologists to conduct research and monitoring projects, liaise with watershed stakeholders and assist with building partnerships to accomplish research goals and environmental interventions.

“These are crucial times for the restoration of wild Atlantic salmon,” said Mr. Taylor. “Nathan and Jason will put their education and experience to work to meet the challenges of restoring wild Atlantic salmon.”

Nathan Wilbur has a Forest Engineering Degree from the University of New Brunswick, as well as a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering focused on cold water habitat for Atlantic salmon and brook trout on the Miramichi River system. Nathan grew up in Hampton, New Brunswick on the banks of the Kennebecasis River. An avid angler in New Brunswick since childhood, Nathan is also a traveler and spent a year in northern Sweden where he fished for Atlantic salmon in the Baltic rivers. After a trip to New Zealand, he embarked on a career focusing on river restoration and Atlantic salmon which has led to his position as the Director of New Brunswick Programs for ASF.

Jason Daniels is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Biology through the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. Most recently he worked with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Originally from Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Jason grew up on the Hammond River. He is an avid sea kayaker and spends a great deal of time outdoors.

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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: Holly Johnson, Manager of Public Information: (506)529-1033(o), (506)469-1033(c), HJohnson(at)asf(dot)ca

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