Link Stevens
south portland, ME

About the Artist: Link Stevens is a life-long New Englander, calling Maine home for the last 22 years. An avid catch-and-release fisherman, Link has a profound love and appreciation for creatures of the ocean. When not creating artwork, you’ll 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. About the Fish: The fish depicted in Link's work is a species called Menhaden, also known as mossbunker, bunker or pogy,. These important members of the herring family provide food for several important recreational and commercial fish species, such as striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, cod, and bluefin tuna, as well as seabirds like osprey, eagles, and whales. These diminutive creatures are the glue that holds the ocean ecosystem together. The Menhaden fishery is the largest on the U.S. East Coast. 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 fish that rely on them for survival.