CCA California to recognize sport fishing legend Don Hansen with his greatest honor: the 2021 Anthony Hsieh Conservation Award
Honoring pioneering California founder Dana Wharf Sportfishing will mark an evening of festivities at the CCA CAL Orange County Chapter Banquet on October 29 at the Costa Mesa Country Club
September 21, 2021: The Coastal Conservation Association of California (CCA CAL) will honor pioneer Dana Wharf Sportfishing founder Don Hansen at the CCA CAL Orange County Chapter Banquet on the evening of October 29 at the Costa Mesa Country Club.
CCA CAL will present Hansen with the organization’s highest honor, the 2021 Anthony Hsieh Conservation Award in recognition of Hansen’s decades of tireless work and dedication to improving sport fishing in California and making fishing accessible to all.
Established in 2018, the Anthony Hsieh Conservation Award is presented annually by the CCA CAL to an individual who has supported sport fishing in California and made a significant contribution to the protection, restoration and enhancement of California’s marine resources. .
Complementing the evening of Orange County Chapter festivities on October 29, a fundraising golf tournament at the Costa Mesa Country Club earlier today. The tee time is set for 1 p.m. with a short pistol start, four-player scramble and best ball tournament rules. The reception, dinner, raffles, auctions and awards ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Country Club banquet hall.
The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Anthony Hsieh Conservation Award to Hansen, who fell in love with the sea as a child, spent his life on the water and became legendary in the sport fishing community of southern California.
âWe are very proud to have Don Hansen as a member of CCA California,â said Bill Shedd, president of the nonprofit and CEO of AFTCO. âDon is a larger than life legend in the sport fishing community whose contributions to conservation and access to recreational fishing are untold. The Anthony Hsieh Conservation Award from CCA CAL is the most prestigious honor we can bestow and Don more than deserves it.
Hansen began working in the sport fishing industry at the age of 12 on the San Clemente Pier, where he transported fish from the pier to the shore in his wooden wagon for money for tips . When he was 18, he joined the US Coast Guard to serve his country, just in time for the Korean War. He served for four years, two of which were stationed in Guam.
After his military service, Hansen ran ships and worked for San Clemente Sportfishing, which eventually led him to buy the company in 1966. Almost on his own, he recruited over 10,000 fishermen each season from the pier. from San Clemente on four different boats.
Shortly after moving to the newly built harbor at Dana Point in 1971, Hansen started the whale watching industry, offering tours and nature trips. He also created the Festival of Whales to celebrate the migration of gray whales and other cetaceans along the southern California coast. It is currently the oldest festival of its kind in the world.
Giving back continues to be a big part of Hansen’s legacy. With the help of her daughter, Donna Kalez, CCA CAL board member, they have started several marine education programs for children. Hansen served for four years on the board of directors of the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce. Year âin 1970. He also later received the Lifetime Achievement Award from San Clemente in 2005.
Don Hansen continues to dedicate his time and effort to the sport fishing industry, trying to keep recreational fishing viable for generations to come. Most recently, he served as Chairman of the Pacific Fisheries Management Board, appointed Commissioner of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, and was also appointed Commissioner of the Inter-American National Tropical Tuna Commission. Hansen is currently vice president of the Sportfishing Association of California.
To learn more about the CCA CAL Orange County Chapter Banquet and Golf Tournament and to make reservations, visit ccacalifornia.org
ABOUT ACC CCA: The Coastal Conservation Association of California (CCA CAL) was formed in 2015 when recreational fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts came together to work to conserve and enhance our marine resources and coastal environments.
Today, we strive to protect not only the health, habitat and sustainability of our marine resources, as well as the interests of saltwater fishermen. Our goal is to protect your access to the marine resources you cherish and enjoy every day. CCA CAL is made up of members spread across 7 locals in Southern California who are growing every day.