The Commerce Department announced the appointment of 30 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils.
Council members represent diverse interests — commercial and recreational fisheries, environmental concertos and academia. The secretary of commerce selects a total of 72 appointed members to the eight regional councils. Thirty are being named or reappointed for the next term.
The Gulf Council includes members from the states of Alabama, Florida (west coast), Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The appointees for 2009 fill obligatory seats for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and two at-large seats.
Obligatory seats went to: Robert P. Gill (Fla.), John R. Green Jr. (Ala.), and Damon P. McKnight (La.). At-Large: Harlon H. Pearce (La.) and Thomas D. McIIwain (Miss.).