The Carol and R. Barry Fisher Chair in Marine Fisheries

In 1997, Carol and R. Barry Fisher of Newport pledged a deferred gift to establish the Carol and R. Barry Fisher Chair in Marine Fisheries at OSU's Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES). Upon the passing of the couple's final beneficiary, the chair will provide funds for marine fisheries research at the Oregon coast to benefit Oregon’s commercial and recreational ocean fisheries.

R. Barry Fisher came to Oregon with his wife Carol in 1969 as an OSU associate professor of fisheries. During his years at OSU, he worked on the development of innovative fishing gear and methods and led three small-boat fisheries projects in the South Pacific. He left OSU in 1975 to pursue his interests in open ocean fishing, and eventually established Yankee Fisheries in Newport. He was involved with the design and development of new vessel prototypes as well as new trawls and trawl equipment, and introduced midwater trawling to the Pacific Northwest.

In the late 1970s, Mr. Fisher helped create groundbreaking joint ventures with the Soviet fishing industry. He was influential in obtaining funding for the nationally recognized Newport Marine Debris Project conducted by the Port of Newport and the OSU Extension Sea Grant program. In addition, he acted as a leader in the establishment of COMES and chaired the station's advisory board. In 1992, he was named to the OSU Agricultural Hall of Fame. He passed away in 2001.


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