Don Hall


Don Hall CCRN ResearcherDr. Don Hall is the Program Manager of Uu-a-thluk, a First Nations fisheries management organization based on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. In Don’s career as a professional fisheries biologist he has worked on fisheries projects ranging from Kotzebue Sound, Alaska to high alpine lakes in the California Sierra Nevada. Shortly after earning his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 1991, Don joined the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council where he has worked for over 20 years. Don supervises the Uu-a-thluk team of ten people who support First Nations fisheries management and harvest on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Following a landmark court decision in 2009 (Ahousaht et al vs. Canada and B.C.) which recognized the aboriginal rights of Nuu-chah-nulth people to fish commercially, Nuu-chah-nulth Nations began Court ordered negotiations with Canada to develop and implement aboriginal rights-based fisheries. Don’s current focus is helping to develop sustainable, community-based fisheries that balance the rights of First Nations with Canada’s legislative fisheries responsibilities. Don and Uu-a-thluk staff are participating in the CCRN project as a community partner with a unique view of Vancouver Island’s coastal communities.