National Fisherman


The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission announces that it has selected Hugh Link to be its new executive director.

Link joined the commission staff in 2004, after spending a decade as sales manager at Hallmark Fisheries in Charleston, on the southern Oregon coast. He replaces long-time executive director Nick Furman, who recently retired after heading up the commission for 22 years.

Commission Chairman John Corbin is optimistic that the commission will continue to play an important role in the state's crab fishery with Link at the helm.

"Hugh has developed a good working relationship with the crab fleet over the years, and he is familiar with the issues facing the industry," Corbin says.

Link will report to an eight-member board made up of harvesters and seafood processors appointed by Katy Coba, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

The harvester-funded organization, one of four seafood commissions under the umbrella of the agriculture department's Commodity Commission Program, represents 429 limited entry Oregon Dungeness crab permit holders, and is responsible for overseeing marketing, education and research programs designed to enhance Oregon's crab industry.

Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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