Council Members

 


Mel Bell
Chair
Mel Bell
S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources
Marine Resources Division
843-953-9007 phone
843-953-9159 fax
bellm@dnr.sc.gov
Bio
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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Dr. Carolyn Belcher
GA Dept. of Natural Resources
Coastal Resources Division
Carolyn.Belcher@dnr.ga.gov
912-264-7218

Bio
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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North Carolina

Stephen Poland
North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries
252 808 8011    office (direct)
252 726 7021    main
Steve.Poland@ncdenr.gov

Bio
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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Tom Roller
(At-Large Seat)
252-728-7907
tomrollersafmc@gmail.com

Tim Griner
Tim Griner
(Obligatory Seat)
980/722-0918
timgrinersafmc@gmail.com

Bio
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)
843-543-3833 phone
conklinsafmc@gmail.com
Bio
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)
843/452-7352
KerryOMarhefka@gmail.com

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

Georgia


Captain Judy Helmey
(Obligatory Seat)
912-897-4921
JudyHelmey@gmail.com 
Bio
Captain Judy Helmey is the owner of Miss Judy Charters, a family business operating for over 50 years in the Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia area offering inshore, offshore and Gulf Stream charter fishing trips...

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Spud Woodward
(At-Large Seat)
swoodwardsafmc@gmail.com
(912) 258-8970

Bio
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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Florida


Jessica R. McCawley

Director, Division of Marine Fisheries Management
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
850-487-0554 phone
850-487-4847 fax
jessica.mccawley@myfwc.com

Bio
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)
561-655-4777 phone
wcbsafmc@gmail.com

Bio
Chester comes to the Council after serving 10 years as the Recreational Fisheries Advisor to the United States...
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Laurilee Thompson
(Obligatory Seat)
321-794-6866
thompsonlaurilee@gmail.com

Bio
Laurilee is the co-owner of Dixie Crossroads, Inc., a southern seafood restaurant in Titusville, FL with international name recognition and a menu that features locally caught seafood...

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Andy Strelcheck
NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator
Regional Administrator
727-551-5702
andy.strelcheck@noaa.gov

Non-Voting Members

Lt. Robert Copeland
U.S. Coast Guard - District 7
(305) 415-6781 office
(786) 457-6419 cell
robert.r.copeland@uscg.mil

Robert E. Beal
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commisson
703-842-0740 phone
rbeal@asmfc.org

Deirdre Warner-Kramer
Office of Marine Conservation (OES-OMC)
Department of State
202-647-3228 phone
202-736-7350 fax
Warner-KramerDM@state.gov