Florida fishery council nominations gain endorsement

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Keep Florida Fishing today praised Florida Gov. Rick Scott for his recommended appointments to two fishery management councils.

Scott made recommendations to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for appointments to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

Nominees for the open recreational seat on the Gulf council include Phil Dyskow, former president of the Yamaha Marine Group; Jeff Miller, owner of Millers Boating Center; and Col. James Brown, a former Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission law enforcement officer.

Nominees for the open recreational seat on the South Atlantic council include current council member Chester Brewer; lawyer Mike Kennedy; and consultant John Sprague.

“Gov. Scott has recommended six highly qualified leaders to represent Florida’s important 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,” American Sportfishing Association fishery policy director Kellie Ralston said in a statement. “We applaud the governor’s nominations and commitment to helping maintain Florida’s title as the ‘Fishing Capital of the World.’ ”

Keep Florida Fishing said the state has more than 3 million anglers who generate $9.6 billion in economic impact and support more than 128,000 jobs.

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