Jim Martin retired after 30 years with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and now works as conservation director for the Berkley Conservation Institute, a branch of Pure Fishing. Pure Fishing is the largest fishing tackle company in the World and is an industry leader in conservation advocacy.
During his career with ODFW, Jim spent six years as chief of fisheries and three years as salmon advisor to Governor John Kitzhaber. Jim led the team that developed the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds, a state conservation plan to address Endangered Species and clean water issues in Oregon.
Jim has a Bachelors Degree in Wildlife and Masters Degree in Fisheries from Oregon State University. Jim formerly held a courtesy appointment at OSU, where he taught Natural Resource Problem Solving in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.
Jim is the former Chairman of the Board of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. He is a science and policy advisor for the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Assn. In 2005, Jim was inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin. He was recognized for lifetime achievement as an alumni fellow by Oregon State University in November, 2011.
Jim is a lifelong sportsman and loves salmon, ducks and Labrador Retrievers. He lives in the small community of Mulino, about 15 miles south of Portland, Oregon. He shares his dream home in the country with his wife of 43 years, Carolyn, and Kodiak and Yukon, the wonderdogs.