600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501-1091
Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Chair
Larry Carpenter, Vice Chair
and Wildlife Commission
Don McIsaac, Commissioner
Dr. McIsaac was appointed to the Commission in August 2017. He served as the Executive Director for the Pacific Fishery Management Council 2000 – 2016. After beginning his professional career with the then-Washington State Department of Fisheries and advancing through several positions over the course of 15 years, he worked for 10 years for the Oregon State Department of Fish and Wildlife prior to coming to the Pacific Council. He received his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees from the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and his Bachelor of Science degree from Humboldt State University.
Dr. McIsaac has broad experience in fishery conservation and management policy development and implementation. In his capacity as Pacific Council Executive Director, he worked extensively with representatives from Federal, State, and Tribal agencies and is considered somewhat of an expert in the Magnuson – Stevens Act, the nation’s pre-eminent marine fishery law. He also has experience in various international fishery management organizations and Chaired the Klamath Fishery Management Council 1991 – 1999. In 2016, Dr. McIsaac was presented the US Coast Guard Meritorious Service Award from Rear Admiral Mark E. Butt. He currently consults on a part-time basis on fishery related matters.
Dr. McIsaac lives in the rural Hockinson area east of Vancouver, Washington with his wife Claudia. He enjoys all outdoor activities, including fishing and hunting; spending time with his extended family; and coaching baseball.