South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Law Enforcement Advisory Panel

The Law Enforcement Advisory Panel (LE AP)’s role is to advise the Council on the enforceability of proposed fishery regulations. The LE AP also connects partner enforcement agencies in the region (e.g., US Coast Guard) to promote communication regarding the enforcement of fishery regulations. 

The LE AP is comprised of representatives from state and federal fisheries enforcement agencies and citizens representing recreational and commercial interests. Agency representatives are appointed by the respective agency and those seats have no term limits. Members appointed by the Council to serve on the LE AP can serve up to three consecutive three-year terms as specified in the AP Policy. 

The LE AP meets once a year or as needed via webinar or in person. 

Law Enforcement Advisory Panel Members
Captain Scott Pierce, ChairFLFWC
Captain Michael Paul Thomas, Vice ChairSCSC DNR 
LT Andrew LoefflerSCU.S. Coast Guard
Colonel Bruce BucksonFLRetired Law Enforcement
Joshua Burton SCCommercial & Recreational
Michael FreemanFLAt Large
Alana HarrisonNCCommercial/Dealer
Captain Chris HodgeGAGA DNR 
Lt. Pat O’ShaughnessySCNOAA
Kevin RobersonSCRecreational
Jamal IngramFLDOC NOAA
Captain Garland YoppNCNC Marine Patrol
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