Recreational Fishing Industry Thanks Florida Governor Scott for Regional Fishery Management Nominations

March 15, 2017 – Alexandria, Va. – The American Sportfishing Association and its Florida advocacy arm, Keep Florida Fishing, today praised Florida Governor Rick Scott for his recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce for appointments to both the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC). Nominees for the open recreational fishing seat on the GMFMC include Phil Dyskow, former President of Yamaha Motors; Jeff Miller, owner of Millers Boating Center; and Colonel James Brown, former Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement officer. Nominees for the open recreational fishing seat on the SAFMC include current SAFMC member Chester Brewer; attorney Mike Kennedy; and consultant John Sprague.

“Governor Scott has recommended six highly-qualified leaders to represent Florida’s recreational interests on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, which make critical decisions impacting the health of, and access to, our federal fisheries. We applaud the Governor’s nominations and commitment to help maintain Florida’s title as the ‘Fishing Capital of the World,’” said Kellie Ralston, ASA’s Florida Fishery Policy Director.

Florida has more than three million anglers who generate $9.6 billion in economic impact and support more than 128,000 jobs.

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Keep Florida Fishing is an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association with the goal of ensuring Florida anglers have clean waters, abundant fisheries and access to both. Learn more at www.KeepFloridaFishing.org. Find Keep Florida Fishing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.