Link stevens

Link Stevens is a life-long New Englander, calling Maine home for the last 24 years. When not working as a substance abuse counselor, Link is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He has a profound respect and appreciation for creatures of the ocean. Throughout the year, you will often find him walking the beaches or boating off the Maine coast. All of the materials in Link’s artwork are gathered from the Maine shoreline, the islands of Casco Bay and local salvage sites. Each piece is one-of-a-kind. Much of the artwork incorporates a species of herring known as Menhaden. Also known as Mossbunker, Bunker or Pogies, this small schooling fish provides food for many important recreational and commercial fish, such as Striped Bass, Weakfish, Cod, and Bluefin Tuna, as well as seabirds like Osprey, Eagles, and sea mammals such as seals, porpoise and whales. Menhaden are the glue that holds the ocean ecosystem together. The Menhaden fishery is the largest on the East Coast and the majority of them (80%) are ground up for use in fish oil dietary supplements, fertilizers, and animal feed. Due to over fishing, this essential species has been depleted to a critical level, having far reaching and possibly catastrophic effects on the predatory creatures that rely on it and the ecosystem as a whole.