President Obama named Ellen Peel and Russell F. Smith III as U.S. commissioners to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas.
Peel is president and chief executive of The Billfish Foundation, a non-profit sportfishing conservation organization. Smith is deputy assistant secretary for international fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
ICCAT is a 42-year-old intergovernmental fishery organization with representation from 50 other nations and is responsible for the conservation of tuna and migratory species in the Atlantic Ocean and its adjacent seas.
“The challenges are great, but I am committed to advancing and defending the fishing opportunities for all U.S. fishing interests, including raising the priority of both the recreational fishing industry and the billfish species,” Peel said in a statement.
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The American Boat and Yacht Council named Brian Goodwin as its new technical director.
“In today's environment of ever increasing regulations and requirements, it remains so important for ABYC to not only be able to respond to the changing climate, but also to aid in the interpretation and compliance by writing new or updating existing standards,” ABYC technical board chairman Dave Marlow said in a statement.
“Brian ensures that our core business of writing technical standards, aimed at ensuring safer boating, remains a vital part of what we provide. He has a wonderful understanding of the marine industry, the products they make and, moreover, how consumers interact with them. All of that knowledge gives him, and ABYC, a leg up on making sure our voluntary standards are relevant and useful.”
Goodwin became the ABYC’s technical standards manager in December 2010, coming to the ABYC from a major East Coast boat dealer. He holds a Coast Guard 100-ton captain’s license and has a dual degree in biology and marine science from Salisbury University.
“The position of technical director is probably the most demanding and visible in our organization” ABYC president John Adey said. “We all believe Brian has what it takes to continue the critical work that is done in that department.”