NEWPORT - Ginny Goblirsch, an Oregon State University Extension Sea Grant agent who works out of Newport, has been recognized as one of three "Highliners of the Year" by National Fisherman, a national publication serving commercial fishermen and other marine professionals.

The magazine cited her both for her work as an extension agent and as a member of a fishing family.

In addition to working as an extension agent with Oregon Sea Grant, Goblirsch supports her family's albacore boat, the EZC out of Newport, specialty marketing their albacore.

"I'm extremely proud of the fact that I am a fisherman's wife," she told National Fisherman. "These guys take an enormous risk, so when I see misinformation out there, whether it's in my local community or statewide, I like to try to clarify issues."

As an extension agent, Goblirsch has been a statewide leader on safety, insurance and other initiatives and works to keep open communication between the commercial fishing industry and various agencies. She also presents information and gives advice about issues of importance to fishermen, and encourages the agencies to understand and actively respond to these concerns.

She shared the "Highliners" honor with Tim Thomas of Edmonds, Wash., and Jamie Ross of Homer, Alaska.

National Fisherman is the most widely read commercial-fishing magazine in the U.S., reaching more than 38,000 readers.



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Jay Rasmussen, 541-867-0368