Volunteer profile : Brian Dempson

March 6, 2017

Meet Brian Dempson, a member of our NL Advisory Committee and the Science Advisory Committee.Brian Dempson (002)

Dempson is a retired research scientist and currently maintains a scientist emeritus position with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in St. John’s, NL.  He spent more than 35 years investigating the ecology and population dynamics of Atlantic salmon and Arctic char, and is still actively involved with researchers and students at the University of Waterloo, as well as salmonid scientists in Scandinavia.

Dempson joined both ASCF committees in late 2015 and saw the opportunity as a logical extension of his work with DFO.

“I welcomed the opportunity to use my knowledge and experience to interact with others in reviewing and evaluating programs focused on salmon conservation initiatives,” he said.  “I have already gained a much greater appreciation for the work that various community organizations do in conserving and restoring salmon habitat.”

“Atlantic salmon continue to face considerable challenges despite the closure of, or reduction in, most ocean fisheries for salmon in the Northwest Atlantic.  Thus, the species still needs all the assistance it can get and the ASCF is doing an excellent job in helping to promote and fund important conservation programs. Being part of it is a rewarding experience.”


Volunteers are crucial to the work ASCF does, and each month we will introduce you to one of our stellar volunteers to say thank you for all the work they do in Atlantic salmon conservation.