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In Memory of Captain David Linney

Capt. David Lee Linney had unbounded curiosity and passion for the marine environment.

With more than 50 years of on-the-water knowledge, David continued to board his F/V Merlin eager to learn more about tuna and the ocean they inhabit. As one of the best and most respected harpoon fishermen along the Atlantic coast, David was deeply committed to a sustainable tuna fishery and to the science that would support effective stewardship of this majestic species. He was a treasured collaborative research partner and an exceptional role model to inspire the next generation of fishermen and ocean stewards.

In that spirit, David’s family has donated the F/V Merlin to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to ensure his vessel continues to deepen our understanding of what lies beneath the ocean waves.

Becky and Shanlee Linney and their family invite you to make a gift in David’s memory to the Widen the Horizons Fund at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI).

David was a longtime friend of GMRI, often inviting scientists aboard the Merlin and partnering on research projects. He wanted more people along the coast to know about GMRI’s mission to pioneer solutions to global ocean challenges. He appreciated GMRI’s rich mix of action-oriented science, hands-on education, and innovative community programs.

The Widen the Horizons Fund will continue David’s legacy of ocean leadership. It will advance cutting-edge research to predict ocean changes and enable fishermen to work with scientists to study marine life, including his beloved tuna. Iconic commercial species like cod, herring, and lobster and new species entering Maine’s warming waters from the south will also be explored. In addition, the fund will support programming that engages students in hands-on learning about the science needed to sustain a resilient Gulf of Maine.

To contribute, make a donation online or send a check payable to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to 350 Commercial St. Portland Maine 04101. Please indicate Widen the Horizons Fund on the memo line.

If you would like to make a gift of stock or pay your gift over time, please contact Pam Erickson in the Development Office at  207-228-1689 or perickson@gmri.org for more information.