Shout out to Don Hansen, who received the 2010 United Anglers of Southern California (UASC) Bill Ray Memorial Conservation Award, according to the San Clemente Times. Apparently Don has been up to lots of good and is definitely part of the solution. Everyday heroes like Don are refreshing and inspiring.
Also according to the article, in recognition of his hard work and dedication over the years, Hansen received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries “Sustainable Fisheries Award” in 2007. He was honored for improving management programs for West Coast marine fisheries, which he accomplished by fostering open dialogue and understanding between fishery scientists, resource managers and the fishing community.
As anyone can tell you, this is never an easy task. However, it was one made easier by Hansen’s ability to listen to and understand differing viewpoints, treat everybody with respect and get people to work together. In short, getting the best out of people. That same year, Hansen also received the Dana Point Harbor Association’s Leadership and Legacy Award for his key role in shaping and serving the Dana Point Harbor. Thanks, Don.
People who know Don and work with him also apparently get it, “I still get a thrill watching people feel the calming effects of the ocean; it offers a release from everyday stresses when you’re out there. The Hansen’s truly get that and try to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the experience of sportfishing and whale watching,” said George Clough.
Read the whole story by Roxann Pope here.