About The Commissioners

The Oregon Albacore Commission (OAC) was formed at the request of the fishing industry and created by the Oregon Legislature in October 1999 and is a part of the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) Commodity Commission Program. The Commission is funded by an assessment of the cash value on all Albacore landed in the state. This assessment is split equally between the harvester and the first receiver,The OAC serves the commercial albacore troll fishing industry by supporting and engaging in activities and research programs that benefit the production, harvesting, handling, processing, marketing and use of Oregon Albacore.The nine members of the Commission – five producers (fishermen), three handlers, and one public member – are appointed by the ODA director and serve three-year terms.

Rick Goché – Producer, Coquille (Chair)

I have been involved in the seafood business from research to retail for over 40 years. I fish the F/V Peso II for Albacore and market a large portion of my catch under our family brand “Sacred Sea”www.sacredseatuna.com As Chairman of the Oregon Albacore Commission I take pride in helping to promote Oregon Albacore for my friends in the fleet and the processors who support us. My dream is to one day see most of the Albacore Tuna we land in Oregon be consumed in Oregon.

Clay Archambault – Producer, Newport

Clay Archambault is the owner and operator of F/V Island Girl and has been involved in the fishing industry for over 20 years. Through Island Girl Seafoods, Inc., he gained experience in producing and running a small business, as well as handling and processing tuna and other pelagics. Clay believes that becoming an OAC commissioner will allow him to help in the efforts to sustain our industry locally and globally. “With an increasing demand for quality and local commodities to consumers, we should ramp up our efforts to an many consumers as possible.”

Laura Anderson – Handler, Newport (Secretary/Treasurer)

Laura Anderson owns and operates Local Ocean Seafoods, a sustainability-focused seafood restaurant and fish market in Newport, Oregon. Coming from a commercial fishing family, she spent many summers working on her father’s fishing boat before earning a Master’s degree in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University. In her younger years she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer working with artisanal fishers in the Philippines and also spent a year working in international business in Hanoi, Vietnam. Laura still enjoys traveling, particularly where it involves SCUBA diving and experimenting with new cuisines – including Oregon albacore tuna.

Ericka Carlson – Public Member

Ericka Carlson is a native Oregonian who has great pride in our region’s agricultural bounty. In 2003, after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, NY, she returned to Portland and taught cooking classes featuring the best from local farmers, fishers, and ranchers. She enjoyed promoting our region’s products and teaching people to cook using the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. As publisher of Edible Portland magazine, she continued this work reaching nearly 90,000 readers each quarter with the stories of Oregon agriculture. The goal of the magazine was not simply to tell these stories, but to get people to engage with the bounty of our region by getting out and experiencing our farms, ranches, and fishing communities, and most importantly to encourage people to buy Oregon products and support the livelihoods of all our producers and more broadly, our state’s economy.

Larz Malony – Handler, Clackamas

Growing up, Larz earned the Eagle Scout, Bronze Palm, God and Country Award, and Order of the Arrow.  He graduated Cum Laude from California Polytechnic University in Pomona, California. He was a salmon fisherman in Alaska from 1977 through 1982. After fishing, he worked as an export manager at Viking International, then Seaprodex in Australia, and since 1988 he has worked for the Pacific Seafood Group. Larz is a commissioner representing the processors.

William Manning – Producer, Brookings

Bill has been a commercial fisherman for ten years and fishes for albacore tuna, salmon, and Dungeness crab. He currently owns and captains two vessels.

Shawn Ryan – Producer, Charleston

Shawn Ryan is a native Oregonian and started fishing in 1976 in California, Oregon, and Washington as a deckhand fishing salmon and albacore in the summers, and herring, crab, rock cod, and blackcod in the winters. He bought his first boat in 1982 and fishes primarily salmon and albacore for a living. He is one of the board of directors for Western Fishboat Owners Association, a director for American Fishermans Research Foundation, and an Oregon Albacore Commissioner.

Christa Svensson – Handler, Astoria (Vice Chair)

Christa Svensson joined the Bornstein team in 2005 and sells fresh, frozen and value added seafood in both the domestic and international market. In addition to sales, she is responsible for handling Marine Stewardship council (MSC) audits, logo usage, new packaging design and marketing materials. Her area of expertise for Bornstein Seafoods are Albacore Tuna, International Trade, and Sustainability. Christa currently serves on the Oregon Albacore Commission, as a Director of the Albacore Fisherman’s Research Foundation, and as the President for her local Toastmasters club #775 Coastal Communicators.

Prior to working at Bornstein’s Christa worked for a year and a half for National Seafood Educators. During this time, she worked on a series of twenty-seven recipe cards, and two nutritional posters. She also researched recipe ideas, taught cooking classes nationally, and sold thousands of seafood cookbooks. She fished professionally for Salmon, Halibut and Sablefish in Alaska for seven years while paying for undergrad and graduate school. She attended Oregon State University and earned a Honors Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology. In 2003, she earned a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Washington with a focus on fundraising and development.

Tim Thomas – Producer, Garibaldi

F/V Steel Fin II – Albacore, Crab, Salmon
Tim has been commercial fishing for 37 years, and participated in a variety fisheries Tuna (Purse Seine), Swordfish, Shark, Shrimp, Crab and Albacore. He started fishing in Southern California in 1976 and migrated to Garibaldi Oregon in 1987. He is currently a Board Member for the American Albacore Fishing Association as well as the Oregon Albacore Commission, and a member of the Fisherman’s Advisory Committee for Tillamook County.

Nancy Fitzpatrick – Executive Director

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.