The Pacific Salmon Commission is pleased to announce Dr. Don Hall as the recipient of the 2017 Larry Rutter Memorial Award for Pacific Salmon Conservation.
Dr. Hall has been a leading figure in Pacific salmon conservation, management, and research for decades. His work to strengthen First Nation representation in fisheries management forums, including the PSC, is widely recognized and appreciated. He has combined his scientific skills with charisma and leadership to build First Nations’ capacity in fisheries, advocate for their interests, and reconcile different viewpoints through his work with the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council on Vancouver Island. Canada has utilized his many skills by appointing him to the PSC’s Southern Panel and the Southern Boundary Restoration and Enhancement Fund Committee (as a founding member), where he has assisted in difficult international negotiations and approved hundreds of projects to benefit U.S. and Canadian salmon conservation.
For these and many other reasons, including the wide respect of his peers, Dr. Hall was chosen as the 2017 recipient for the Larry Rutter Memorial Award and received it in a ceremony at the Commission’s 32nd Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon.
About the award
Larry Rutter was a fixture in Pacific salmon conservation and management for more than three decades until his untimely death in 2014. He was a leading influence in how the Tribes, the United States, and Canada approached salmon management and research during the turn of the 21st century. The Northern Boundary and Transboundary Rivers Restoration and Enhancement Fund Committee and the Southern Boundary Restoration and Enhancement Fund Committee (together, the Joint Fund Committee) established the award to help memorialize Larry’s lifetime of work including his legacy in the PSC, the Pacific Northwest Tribes, the Southern Fund Committee, and beyond.
The award itself is a custom-made talking stick, crafted by renowned Coast Salish carver Jim Yelton of Sechelt, B.C. The stick has three symbols from top to bottom: Salmon, Human, and Bear. All of these have symbolism in the PSC context: Salmon at the center of our Human work, and Bear, the teacher of conservation who would gorge on fish but allow enough to pass for the next generation. The stick will be re-created annually for each award recipient.