(NEWSLETTER - Summer 2019)
Secretary of Commerce Reappoints Two Members to the
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
On June 30, 2019, the Secretary of Commerce announced the appointment of 21 members to the 8 regional fishery management councils representing federal fisheries in the U.S. and its territories. Established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the councils are responsible for developing region-specific fishery management plans to safeguard and enhance the nation’s fisheries. NOAA Fisheries works closely with the councils through the development of the plans and amendments, their review, and implementation.
Council members are appointed by the Secretary based on nominations submitted by the governors of fishing states, territories and tribal governments. Members serve a three-year term and may be reappointed to serve three consecutive terms. Council members are appointed to both state-specific and regional seats – also known as obligatory and at-large seats, respectively.
Two obligatory members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council were reappointed for an additional three-year term.
Chris Conklin – SC Obligatory Seat
Owner and manager of Seven Seas wholesale and retail seafood in Murrells Inlet, SC that includes several commercial fishing vessels, Chris Conklin comes from a family with a rich fishing background. Shortly after graduating from the Citadel Military College, Chris began working as a business partner with his Dad, Phil after the family seafood market experienced a tragic fire. Together, they rebuilt the business, putting in long hours to expand the retail market and update and grow the wholesale business. Today, the business is thriving and Chris is still putting in long hours, but continues his commitment to serving as a Council member.
“My Dad had a passion for fishing that he instilled in me as a child,” said Conklin. “He taught me the importance of being a part of a fishing community and also being involved in the management process.” Phil Conklin served on the Council’s Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel.
“I am honored to be reappointed as a member of the South Atlantic Council and will continue to work toward sustainable fisheries,” said Conklin. “As a business owner, a passionate recreational and tournament fisherman, and the father of three small children, it is vital that we continue to strive for sustainable fisheries while maintaining our state’s fishing heritage.”
Tim Griner – NC Obligatory Seat
An engineer by trade, Tim Griner grew up fishing along the coast of North Carolina and with his family along the Gulf coast of Mississippi. After a downturn in the economy affected his work in engineering, Tim was able to spend more time fishing off the coast of Morehead City, NC. Combining his fishing skills with a need to provide fresh fish inland near his home in Charlotte, Tim began his business The Charlotte Fish Company and continues to own and operate the F/V Marineroff the NC coast.
Dealing in commercial fisheries, Tim found himself frustrated with regulations and lack of knowledge about the science behind the management. He knew other fishermen felt the same. His curiosity combined with his willingness to serve, led to his involvement in the fishery management process.
“I am extremely honored to be a part of the fisheries management process,” said Griner after learning of his reappointment. “Although the learning curve has been steep, the incredible staff at the SAFMC has made the task much less daunting! Much progress has been made in making our fisheries truly sustainable for all anglers and I look forward to working with all stakeholders to continue this effort.”