July 18, 2022
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo recently announced new appointments to the Regional Fishery Management Councils (RFMC), including South Carolina’s Gary Borland, who will serve on the South Atlantic Council. Each fishery management council seat includes nominations from each state’s governor for the Secretary’s consideration.
The appointment provides a stronger voice for the recreational fishing community to ensure proper conservation and management of the vital fisheries along our coast and balance with other represented stakeholders on the Council.
“The recreational fishing community has been in need of a greater voice on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council,” said SCBFA Chairman Chris Butler. “Borland’s appointment is a huge step in the right direction of ensuring a balance in the governance of our fisheries.”
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council regulates many sought-after species in federal waters, including red snapper. This year’s recreational red snapper season for federal waters in the South Atlantic — that’s from North Carolina through the Florida Keys, three to 200 miles off the coast — was limited to two days — July 8 and 9. While the commercial season is from June 11 and runs through when the annual catch limit (ACL) is reached, or January 1, 2023.
“Gary Borland is an incredible appointment to the South Atlantic Council,” said SCBFA CEO Gettys Brannon. “He has devoted his life and career to this industry and will serve the fishing community well. This nomination would not have been possible without the continued support of Gov. Henry McMaster and Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette. From the start, these two have gone above and beyond in supporting our efforts to further enhance and expand such a vital industry for our state’s economy.”
“We are at a crossroads in the South Atlantic where decisions made by the Council will affect greatly the future of recreational fishing in federal waters,” said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy. “We are thrilled by the appointment of Gary Borland to represent South Carolina’s saltwater anglers on the South Atlantic Council. Gary’s background in recreational fishing will bring tremendous value to discussions on issues such as recreational data collection, alternative management opportunities and public access to fisheries like red snapper.”
Other key RFMC appointments are Richard Bellavance of Rhode Island to the New England Council; Scott Lenox of Maryland and Ken Neill of Virginia to the Mid-Atlantic Council; Michael McDermott of Mississippi, Troy Williamson of Texas, and Thomas Frazer of Florida to the Gulf of Mexico Council; Peter Hassemer of Idaho and Marc Gorelnik of California to the Pacific Council, and Nicole Kimball of Alaska to the North Pacific Council.
SCBFA was successful in this effort with the help of the Center for Sportfishing Policy, Coastal Conservation Association — South Carolina, the American Sportfishing Association, and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, along with other industry stakeholders.
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