NMMA official tapped to lead Center for Sportfishing Policy panel

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Nicole Vasilaros

Nicole Vasilaros

The Center for Sportfishing Policy has named Nicole Vasilaros as the new chairwoman of its Government Relations Committee, which consists of recreational fishing and boating stakeholders focused on improving federal marine fisheries management policies.

Vasilaros, vice president of federal and legal affairs for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, brings an extensive background in federal and state government affairs in the recreational boating industry.

She succeeds Ted Venker, conservation director for the Coastal Conservation Association and editor of the association’s Tide magazine. Venker chaired the committee from 2015 to 2017.

“Nicole Vasilaros is an outstanding representative for the recreational boating industry, and we are honored for her to lead our Government Relations Committee,” CSP president Jeff Angers said in a statement. “Her willingness to step into this role underscores our belief that recreational fishing and boating stakeholders benefit from working together toward our shared goal of maximizing public access to America’s public waters.”

CSP’s mission is to maximize opportunity for saltwater recreational anglers by organizing, focusing and engaging recreational fishing stakeholders to speak with one voice to shape federal marine fisheries management policy.

CSP promotes sustainable fishing, seeks to protect the American angling tradition, supports the economic impact of recreational fishing and boating, works with all stakeholders to address marine fisheries management policies and advocates for fair fishing rights for anglers.

The recreational fishing and boating industries work hand in hand, with nearly 70 percent of boats purchased so owners can fish from them.

Vasilaros has been with the NMMA for seven years and oversees its federal government affairs work, including recreational fisheries, natural resources, infrastructure and trade policy. Prior to the NMMA, Vasilaros worked on Capitol Hill for two House members from Florida — Suzanne Kosmas and Robert Wexler.

“The National Marine Manufacturers Association is a proud supporter of the Center for Sportfishing Policy,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said. “Healthy marine fisheries and a vibrant recreational fishing industry is vital to the strength of the recreational boating industry, and we are excited for Nicole Vasilaros to take on this new voluntary leadership role with our partners at CSP.”