National Fisheries Institute Crab Council Statement on the Passing of Dr. Abdul Ghofar
Washington, DC – March 14, 2023 – Dr. Abdul Ghofar was an accomplished fisheries biologist whose contribution to global Blue Swimming Crab work was renowned. He was a tireless advocate for science and sustainability, but he was far more than that for the NFI Crab Council. He was our advisor, our guide, and he was our friend.
Dr. Ghofar had a gentle way, a kind heart, and a commitment to do the right thing. His thirst for knowledge drove him as a scientist and as an author, but his insistence on finding ways to apply research to real-world applications made him stand out. His vision and practicality combined to form an ideal envoy who, for nearly a decade, coordinated effortlessly between industry-led initiatives, scientific research, and crab harvesting communities.
Aside from his impactful work and clear fisheries legacy, Dr. Abdul Ghofar was quietly generous in ways many will never know. The NFI Crab Council salutes not only his work but his spirit.
Brice Phillips, Chairman of NFI Crab Council
Ed Rhodes, Executive Director of NFI Crab Council