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ODCC Has Chosen New Executive Director
The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission has announced that it has
selected their new Executive Director. They have chosen Hugh
Link, who joined the Crab 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 ODCC for 22 years.
ODCC 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 said. Link will report to an eight-member board comprised of harvesters and seafood processors appointed by Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba.
The harvester-funded organization, one of four seafood commissions under the umbrella of ODA’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.