March 15, 2017 – Alexandria, Va. – The American Sportfishing Association and its Florida advocacy arm, Keep Florida Fishing®, today praised Florida Governor Rick Scott for his recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce for appointments to both the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC). Nominees for the open recreational fishing seat on the GMFMC include Phil Dyskow, former President of Yamaha Motors; Jeff Miller, owner of Millers Boating Center; and Colonel James Brown, former Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement officer. Nominees for the open recreational fishing seat on the SAFMC include current SAFMC member Chester Brewer; attorney Mike Kennedy; and consultant John Sprague.
“Governor Scott has recommended six highly-qualified leaders to represent Florida’s recreational interests on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, which make critical decisions impacting the health of, and access to, our federal fisheries. We applaud the Governor’s nominations and commitment to help maintain Florida’s title as the ‘Fishing Capital of the World,’” said said Kellie Ralston, ASA's Florida Fishery Policy Director.
Florida has more than three million anglers who generate $9.6 billion in economic impact and support more than 128,000 jobs.
About Keep Florida Fishing®
Keep Florida Fishing® is an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association with the goal of ensuring Florida anglers have clean waters, abundant fisheries and access to both. Learn more at www.KeepFloridaFishing.org. Find Keep Florida Fishing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is the sportfishing industry’s trade association committed to representing the interests of the sportfishing and boating industries as well as the entire sportfishing community. We give the industry and anglers a unified voice when emerging laws and policies could significantly affect sportfishing business or sportfishing itself. ASA invests in long-term ventures to ensure the industry will remain strong and prosperous, as well as safeguard and promote the enduring economic, conservation and social values of sportfishing in America. ASA also gives America’s 46 million anglers a voice in policy decisions that affect their ability to sustainably fish on our nation’s waterways through Keep America Fishing®, our national angler advocacy campaign. America’s anglers generate more than $48 billion in retail sales with a $115 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for more than 828,000 people.