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Obama Assigns Whale Watcher And Sport Fisher To IATTC Post United States, August 27, 12



Don Hansen
President Obama appointed Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching founder Donald K. Hansen to serve a key administration post on the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.
According to an August 16 news release from the White House Office of the Press Secretary, Hansen was chosen to serve as commissioner alongside William W. Fox, vice president of fisheries at World Wildlife Fund.
“I am very honored and excited to be chosen and hope to continue protecting our ocean resources as I have throughout my career,” said Hansen. “I’ve worked on other issues for every president back to Reagan, no matter whether they were Republican or Democrat. As long as our resources are protected, I am satisfied.”
Hansen currently serves as a special assistant to the director of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and vice president of the Sportfishing Association of California, a group he has been a part of since 1974. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration honored him in 2007 as the recipient of their Sustainable Fisheries Award. Hansen also was a member of the United States Coast Guard from 1952 to 1956, started Dana Wharf Sportfishing in 1971 and served as president of the Dana Point Harbor Association from 1993 to 2008.
“The extraordinary dedication these men bring to their new roles will greatly serve the American people,” said President Obama in the announcement. “I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”
Hansen said that although dealing with countries worldwide will be a challenge he vows to work diligently in his new post and hopes to make a positive contribution toward managing all tuna species for the future.