Clement V. Tillion was selected to receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Alaska Sealife Center.
The Alaska Sealife Center will host the fourth annual Alaska Marine Gala at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage Saturday. That evening, the Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards Committee will present six awards to organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to awareness and sustainability of the state’s marine resources. Alaska’s oceans are some of the most important.
Tillion is being recognized for his exceptional contributions to the management of Alaska’s coastal and ocean resources over a period of 25 years or more. For almost 50 years, Tillion has been a leader in the sustainable, responsible management of Alaska’s commercial fisheries. Tillion served as fish czar under Govs. Egan, Hammond and Hickel. Under Gov. Egan, he was an architect of the Limited Entry system of licensing salmon fishermen. That system survives to this day, and robustly protects the interests of Alaskans, while ensuring the health of the fish. Tillion carried that success into his contributions to federal fisheries management, with the passing of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and the establishment of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. He served on the Council for 10 years, including five years as chairman. Responsible fisheries management built on the foundation laid by Tillion, Elmer Rasmuson and Jim Branson has become the standard for fisheries management nationwide.
Clem Tillion’s greatest contribution to Alaska’s fisheries is that he always made the biological health of the resource his first priority. His vision, energy, and strength of personality, throughout his decades of service, have ensured that Alaska’s abundant fisheries resources have been, and will continue to be, responsibly managed, his citation reads.
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