Happy 2009! Like many, I am looking forward to new beginnings for my family and business as we head into the New Year. On the personal side, my wife and I are expecting our fifth child . As a third generation Oregonian, I am proud of raising the fourth generation of my family to all the things I love about the Northwest and the Pacific Ocean and its rich abundance of seafood.

The health of our oceans and seafood is our company’s top priority. We urge everyone in the seafood industry to seek ways to assure that we have the same level of superb clean protein available today for our future generations.

A great piece of news to start off the year was the appointment of Oregon marine biologist Dr. Jane Lubchenco to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). With her passionate commitment to protecting our oceans, as well as her deep knowledge of Oregon’s fishing communities and her tireless work of promoting science, I can’t think of a more perfect leader to run the government agency and I sincerely congratulate her.

The health of our families, jobs, company and industry is directly tied to making sound environmental decisions and I look forward to the new and inventive ways we will keep these efforts going in 2009. Here’s to a great year ahead!

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