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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.”


Yamaha sponsors Jacksonville show

Yamaha has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show that runs April 13 -15 at Metropolitan Park and Marina in Jacksonville, Fla.

Volvo Penta announces contest

Volvo Penta of the Americas is asking new engine owners to submit stories to its inaugural Boating Dreams contest and will award the winner with a Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

MIASF volunteers collect 32 tons of trash

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, organizers of the 41st Annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup held on March 3, collected 32 tons of trash from 31 sites around the county.