The Oregon Salmon Commission was established by an act of the Oregon Legislature in 1983 and is an industry-funded agency that operates under the umbrella of the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Commodity Commission Program.
The Commission is funded by an assessment of the cash value on all Salmon landed in the state. The OSC serves the commercial salmon troll fishing industry by supporting and engaging in activities and research programs that benefit the production, harvesting, handling, processing, marketing and use of Oregon Salmon.
The nine members of the Commission – six producers (fishermen), two handlers, and one public member – are appointed by the ODA director and serve four-year terms.
Dwight Collins: Owner of Newman's Fish Company since 1979, Dwight is a native Oregonian
who appreciates the bounty of Oregon's fresh and healthy foods. Newman's sells fresh seafood,
prepared fish & chips, artisan cheeses, and wines. Dwight is an avid cyclist and long time
supporter of locally-owned business and area non-profits.
Fisherman/Producer - Charleston
I am 42 yrs old and been involved with salmon my whole life. From sport to
commercial I have fished this great fishery. I also volunteer at our fish hatcheries to
get hands-on with the enhancement programs. I believe I can help give some new
perspective and ideas on this amazing fishery.
I would like to be a part of making a change for the betterment of our fish and
fishing families. Change is always hard and not always right, but being open to
change is what helps us do great things for our salmon and our families. I think this
is a chance to help manage our salmon and help get the fishermen's voice heard.
Marketing plays a huge role in the salmon fishery as we all know. I would like to
better understand how that is being done and maybe add some new ideas to attract
potential new buyers. We have a great product of the highest quality and I would
like to be a part of getting it out to everyone to enjoy.
I believe I can help in many ways as a member of the salmon commission and I will
work hard to help rebuild our salmon and the families that rely on them.
Fisherman/Producer - Pacific City
Fisherman/Producer - Winchester Bay
Secretary/Treasurer - Handler/Buyer - Newport
Fisherman/Producer - Charleston
Fisherman/Producer - Newport
Handler/Buyer - Gold Beach
I have been a commercial salmon fisherman for over 40 years. With this background, I serve on the Oregon Salmon Commission in one of the two handler positions. With lengthy and varied experience, my partners and I started Fishermen
Direct Seafoods in Gold Beach OR, twenty years ago.
Our small business was started by and depends on salmon fishermen. We wanted a better marketing scheme for the seafoods we produced. There was a need in our community for a good wild seafood source, and we have successfully filled it. Our
reputation was probably most built on wild Chinook Salmon. Since promotion of salmon related businesses and the stability of the industry are goals of the OSC, I hope I can help realize these priorities.
I have fished my boat, Deanna Marie, for better than 35 years. Having grown up in the Rogue Valley, I went salmon trolling in my early twenties and was hooked. The lifestyle and independence were appealing, as is the chance to make a living doing something I still enjoy. Despite the challenges salmon have faced they are a very resilient species. I hope to be able to fish them for some time to come.
Nancy Fitzpatrick was born and raised in Southern California and after receiving a teaching degree from the University of California at Riverside, she traveled with her husband Mike to Beaverton Oregon to begin teaching. During the summers they learned to commercial fish for salmon from a dory boat in Pacific City. Their passion and love for the ocean led them to Lincoln City to continue fishing on the coast and begin new careers with two young daughters in tow. Nancy began working for the Oregon Salmon Commission (OSC) in 1989 and then the Oregon Albacore Commission in 2006. She is the Executive Director for both commissions representing these commercial fisheries through promotion, education, communication, and research.