The Snook and Gamefish Foundation named Capt. Jim Bandy its new chairman of the board.
Bandy has been the board’s treasurer for the last two years.
“It’s an honor to be in a position to have any kind of truthful effect on how we manage fisheries in this state and beyond,” Bandy said in a statement. “That’s why I originally volunteered with the foundation years ago. I’ve always felt that, as a user of the resource, I have a responsibility to help ensure there is a future for our fisheries.”
With the Angler Action Program becoming a successful project of the foundation, Bandy sees the importance of continuing the effort.
“The partnership between the FWC, the Snook and Gamefish Foundation and West Marine is historic. Never before have a state agency, a non-profit organization and a marine-based corporation come together to promote fish data collection and conservation,” he said.
“Collecting data, and then reporting that data as a part of a vetted group, is the best game in town,” Brandy added. “I really don’t see any other issue on our plate that is bigger than making sure the assessments and decisions FWC make is done with the most comprehensive and current data available [from anglers].”