Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott submitted three candidates to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to fill the state’s open seat on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.
Scott recommended former Yamaha Marine Group president Phil Dyskow; former Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission law enforcement officer Col. James Brown; and Tom Frazer, professor and chairman of the University of Florida’s School of Forestry and the Environment.
“The governor has provided the Secretary of Commerce with three well-qualified nominees, any of which can serve as excellent representatives for our state and make appropriate decisions for our fisheries resources as a Gulf Council representative. We applaud the governor’s actions and his commitment to our industry and natural resources in Florida,” American Sportfishing Association fisheries policy director Kellie Ralston said in a statement.
The Yamaha Marine Group praised Scott for “demonstrating his commitment to over 865,000 Florida jobs dependent on boating and fishing.”
“Governor Scott has once again demonstrated his commitment to Florida jobs through his recent selection of Gulf Council nominees,” Yamaha Marine Group president Ben Speciale said in a statement. “We are extremely thankful to the governor for the diligence he demonstrated throughout the process, and the care he took to make sure the citizens of Florida had a voice in the process.”
“I think it is very important that the governor has made a habit of listening to the people of his state and that he is strongly committed to the jobs supported by boating and fishing businesses in Florida,” Speciale said. “The citizens of Florida are very lucky to have leaders like Governor Scott in office.”