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"Everyone has to be able to envision a future."
work encompassed commercial fishing, habitat restoration and protection,
fisheries management, and coalition building. In the 1970s,
he was operating one of the first fish-rearing and habitat restoration
programs on Californias north coast. Nat served for many years
as California troll salmon advisor to the Pacific Fishery Management
Council (PFMC, the regional agency that recommends fishing
seasons in ocean waters to the Secretary of Commerce), and served
one term as a member of PFMC before his death. His efforts were
principally responsible for passage of the federal legislation creating
and funding the Winter-Run Salmon Captive Broodstock Program. Nat
chaired both the Captive Broodstock Program and the Spring-Run Chinook
Workgroup. These projects continue their work of rebuilding fish
populations. Both function on a cooperative basis, bringing together
a broad coalition of stakeholders that includes state and federal
agencies, private landowners, fishermen, and environmental interests.
In 1983 the Director of the Department of Fish & Game (DFG) appointed
Nat to the Commercial Salmon Trollers Advisory Committee (Salmon
Stamp Committee). The committee recommends expenditures from the
Commercial Salmon Stamp Account for salmon restoration work.
After serving on the ad hoc Klamath River Salmon Management Group,
a committee of PFMC, Nat helped write the bill carried by Congressman
Doug Bosco that created the Klamath Fisheries Management Council
and the Klamath River Task Force in 1988. He represented California
salmon trollers on both bodies. Concurrently he was president of
PCFFA, California troll salmon advisor to PFMC, and chaired the
Stamp Committee. In his spare time, he trolled for salmon. Nat never
seemed to be in a hurry.
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