Statement on the passing of Dick Gutting

NFI Mourns Dick Gutting, NFI President 1997-2002

WASHINGTON, DC December 24, 2013 Dick Guttings tie to Seafood is one of evolution and leadership. His 45-year career in law began at Stanford but reached nearly every continent on the map. With markets expanding and sourcing no longer constrained by mere borders, Dicks expertise grew from important to essential for the seafood community.

He served NOAA as general counsel for fisheries, on the Hill he was counsel for the House Subcommittee on Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation and he was legal advisor to the Presidents Council on Environmental Quality. But from 1997 to 2002, as the President of the National Fisheries Institute, he was chief advocate for the hardworking men and women who put healthy, delicious, iconic seafood on Americas plates.

In his many roles he was a scholar, a teacher and an expert and but most importantly he was a trusted leader for a community as it quickly transitioned from local to global.

Today our prayers, thoughts and thanks go out to his wife and family.

John Connelly

President, National Fisheries Institute

For more than 60 years, the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) and its members have provided American families with the variety of sustainable seafood essential to a healthy diet. For more information visit:


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