The Pacific Salmon Commission and the Joint Endowment Fund Committee this month awarded NWIFC Chair Lorraine Loomis with the inaugural Larry Rutter Memorial Award for Pacific Salmon Conservation:
Ms. Loomis has been actively involved in Pacific salmon management and conservation for many years and in many ways. She has served as the Swinomish Tribal Fisheries manager since 1975, has been a member of the PSC’s Fraser River Panel since it was formed in 1986, and is the current Chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.
Throughout her career, Ms. Loomis has provided strong leadership and works tirelessly to achieve consensus and co-operation on fisheries management issues at all levels of government: among the Washington Treaty Tribes, between the Tribes and Washington state, and between the United States and Canada.
The award itself is a custom-made talking stick, crafted by renowned Coast Salish carver Jim Yelton of Sechelt, B.C. The stick has three symbols from top to bottom: Salmon, Human, and Bear. All of these have symbolism in the PSC context: Salmon at the center of our Human work, and Bear, the teacher of conservation who would gorge on fish but allow enough to pass for the next generation. The stick will be re-created each year for each new award recipient.