Council Members

Mel Bell
Mel Bell
S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources
Marine Resources Division
P.O. Box 12559
Charleston, SC 29422-2559
843-953-9007 phone
843-953-9159 fax
Mel is currently serving as the Director, Office of Fisheries Management within the Marine Resources Division of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR), where he is responsible for the leadership of the DNR's efforts to oversee and manage the state's varied commercial and recreational marine fisheries and related resources...
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Vice Chair
Stephen Poland
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
P.O. Box 769
Morehead City, NC 28557
252 808 8011    office (direct)
252 726 7021    main
Steve Poland works in the director’s office of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries as the Executive Assistant for Councils and is the agency’s designee on the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council.
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North Carolina

Anna Barrios Beckwith
Anna Barrios Beckwith
(At-Large Seat)
1907 Paulette Road
Morehead City, NC 28557

Mrs. Beckwith is currently the Vice Chair of the NC Marine Fisheries Commission. The Commission is the state regulatory body responsible for fisheries policy in North Carolina. She also owns Down East Guide Service, a North Carolina recreational fishing guide service and managing partner of Dragin Fly Sportfishing based out of...
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Tim Griner
Tim Griner
(Obligatory Seat)
5970 Fairview Road, Suite 600
Charlotte, NC 28210

Owner of The Charlotte Fish Company and the F/V Mariner. We are a direct provider of whole fish to restaurants, specialty seafood retailers and a few grocery stores.

Tim has been fishing for as long as he can remember from summers with....

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South Carolina

Chris Conklin
Chris Conklin
(Obligatory Seat)
P.O. Box 972
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
843-543-3833 phone
Chris Conklin, is a graduate of the Citadel Military College of South Carolina. Chris manages both wholesale and retail seafood businesses and a fleet of commercial vessels. Chris serves as a board member of the SC Seafood Alliance as well as...
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Photo credit Elizabeth Ervin

Kerry Marhefka
(At-Large Seat)
1047 Wharf Indigo Place
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Kerry Marhefka is the cofounder of Abundant Seafood based in Charleston, South Carolina....Read More »


Kyle Christiansen
150 Cedar Street
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
912/756-7560 (ph); 912/756-7564(f)
I am currently a practicing veterinarian and co-owner of Cedar Animal Hospital in Richmond Hill, GA since 1997.  More recently a partner and myself opened 17 South Rod & Gun Club...
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Spud Woodward
860 Buck Swamp Road
Brunswick, Georgia 31523
(912) 258-8970

Prior to his retirement in early 2018, Woodward spent 34 years with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources serving as Chief of Marine Fisheries Management from 2002 to 2008 and director of the Coastal Resources Division from 2009 through 2017...
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Dr. Carolyn Belcher
GA Dept. of Natural Resources
Coastal Resources Division
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
One Conservation Way, Suite 300
Brunswick, GA 31523-8600

Carolyn is currently the Chief of Marine Fisheries for the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.  The Marine Fisheries Section is charged with the management and oversight of recreationally and commercially important marine species...
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Jessica R. McCawley

Director, Division of Marine Fisheries Management
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 South Meridian St
Tallahassee, FL 32399

850-487-0554 phone
850-487-4847 fax

Jessica McCawley is the director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Division of Marine Fisheries Management, where she leads staff in the management of more than 500 saltwater species...
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Chester Brewer

Chester Brewer
(At-Large Seat)
250 Australian Ave. South, Suite 1400
West Palm Beach, FL 33408
561-655-4777 phone

Chester comes to the Council after serving 10 years as the Recreational Fisheries Advisor to the United States...
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Art Sapp
2270 NE 25th street
Lighthouse Point, FL 33064
Phone (954)444-0820

As a seventh generation Floridian, it's no surprise that Art lives for Florida’s ocean ecosystems. He grew up primarily fishing for dolphin and snapper in the summer then grouper and cobia in the winter...
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National Marine Fisheries Service

Andy Strelcheck
NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator
Acting Regional Administrator
NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Region
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Non-Voting Members

Lt. Robert Copeland
U.S. Coast Guard - District 7
(305) 415-6781 office
(786) 457-6419 cell

Robert E. Beal
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commisson
1050 N. Highland St.
Suite 200 A-N
Arlington, VA 22201
703-842-0740 phone

Deirdre Warner-Kramer
Office of Marine Conservation (OES-OMC)
Department of State
2201 C Street, NW, Room 5806
Washington, D.C. 20520-7818
202-647-3228 phone
202-736-7350 fax