The Induction of Jacqueline Douglas into the California Outdoors Hall of Fameby Former Representative George Miller
Posted on 2013-01-23
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay
tribute to Jacqueline Douglas upon her induction into the California
Outdoors Hall of Fame. This is a terrific and well-deserved honor for a
mainstay of the California sport fishing community
Jacky, known affectionately as ``Wacky Jacky,'' is a San Francisco
native and the only female fishing charter boat skipper in the Bay
Area. She is a legendary voice within San Francisco's sport fishing
community, respected by fisherman of both Golden Gate and Pacific Coast
Salmon fisheries, and one of the Bay Area's most passionate voices for
protecting salmon and their habitat. She is a fervent fighter for
conservation and water issues, as well as a tremendous advocate for
salmon, wildlife, and the California coast.
Jacky has also been a great help to the members of the Bay Area congressional delegation in our efforts to achieve a water policy in California that will sustain all of our state's interests, including the important fisheries that yield so many jobs for people up and down the west coast.
Wacky Jacky was confirmed by a record 40 of 41 votes from peers, the highest vote tally of any member to gain entry into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame. She was nominated due to the fact that she has inspired thousands of Californians to take part in the great outdoors and conservation. She was also previously inducted at the International Sportsmen's Exposition at Sacramento's Cal Expo and honored by the Bay Institute for her dedicated advocacy. And in further recognition of her many accomplishments, Jacky was also inducted into her high school's Abraham Lincoln High School Wall of Fame in May 2002.
With 29 years of fishing experience, she is still taking people from all over the world fishing out the Golden Gate. At 84, she is a hero among her fellow fishing captains, and is one of the most popular party boat captains in America. She was the first and remains the only woman to own and skipper her own commercial boat in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Douglas passed her Coast Guard examination in 1972, purchased her first party boat and has mastered boating, safety and fishing ever since. She started fishing on San Francisco area boats in 1955, and became a deckhand in 1970, after which she skippered a private boat and fished commercially for several years. She became the skipper of the Wacky Jacky in 1973, unheard of for a woman at the time.
Jacky is well known for taking good care of her customers, and says the most important thing is, ``to have my customers leave with a smile on their face.'' In the meantime, Jacky, continually improves her sailing skills, has now earned her master mariner's license which permits her to skipper boats up to 100 tons. Over her career, she has taken an estimated 150,000 people out to fish.
Her unique position on the bay has made Jacky a part of what makes San Francisco such an incredible place. She has inspired numerous newspaper articles as well as television spots on CNN and National Geographic. During her career, Jacky has won a number of awards, including honors from the Commonwealth Club and the Golden Gate Fisherman's Association. Her work with newspapers, radio show hosts and TV broadcasts has made it easier for Californians to connect to the world of the outdoors. She was married to George Douglas and has four daughters.
I invite our colleagues to join me in congratulating Jacqueline Douglas, a woman beloved by all that meet her, for her lifelong efforts in fishing and conservation and her dedication to educating others about the outdoors.