About The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission

History

The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, established by an act of the Oregon Legislature in 1977, is an industry-funded agency and part of the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Commission Program. This unique program allows “growers” to tax themselves and then use the pooled funds to increase their commodity’s recognition, value and use.

The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission’s stated mission is to enhance the image of the Dungeness crab industry, and to increase opportunities for profitability through promotion, education and research.

The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission office is located in Coos Bay, on the southern Oregon coast. Funding comes from an assessment based on one percent of the catch value for all Dungeness crabs landed in the state. Those funds make up the entire budget for the Commission, and are used for a wide variety of projects relating to its stated mission and purpose.

The Commission has eight members, appointed from the industry by the Director of the Department of Agriculture. Five members are from the harvesting sector (crab fisherman) and two members represent crab processors. An eighth seat is for a public at large member. Commissioners are appointed to three-year terms. The Commission holds a minimum of four public business meetings a year, with day-to-day affairs conducted by the Executive Director and 1 staff member.

Mission

The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission’s mission is to enhance the image of the Dungeness crab industry, and to increase opportunities for profitability through promotion, education and research.

The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission’s primary functions include:

Primary Functions

Marketing & Promotion
Targeted Promotions
Advertising
“Point of Sale” Material
“Inflatable” Program
Trade Shows
Information
Trade leads/ Contacts
Suppliers Guide
Market Data
Consumer Materials
Education & Research
Pre-Season Testing
“Crab Information” Classes & Group Presentations
ODCC Scholarship Programs
Funding of Industry Research projects

Commisioners

John Corbin / Astoria
(Term ends 06/30/19)
Crystal Adams / Charleston*
(Term ends 06/30/18)
Dave Wright / Newport*
(Term ends 06/30/19)
Mike Retherford / Newport
(Term ends 06/30/17)
Rick Lilienthal / Charleston
(Term ends 06/30/17)
Brian Nolte / Brookings
(Term ends 06/30/19)
Nick Edwards / Charleston
(Term ends 06/30/18)
Jake Postlewait / Public Member
(Term ends 06/30/18)
*Processor Representative

Staff

Hugh Link / Executive Director
Shirley Williams / Office Manager

Links

Oregon Albacore Commission – Resources and information for West Coast ‘Troll-Caught’ Albacore.
Oregon Salmon Commission – Information about the Oregon salmon industry.
Oregon Trawl Commission – Information about the Oregon bottom-fish & shrimp industry.
Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association – (OCZMA)
Oregon Department of Agriculture – Information about the ODA and its various programs.
Seafood OREGON – Links to Oregon’s four seafood commodity commissions.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife – State fish/crab management agency.
Oregon Sea Grant – Information and publications on seafood handling.
West Coast Seafood Processors Association – A trade association serving processors in Oregon, Washington and California.
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission – OR,WA,CA crab information.
Marine Weather Link – NOAA marine weather. Japan Tsunami Debris Website – NOAA