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August 10, 2012


Judy Jamison

Executive Director, Gulf & South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation, Inc.

(813) 286-8390



Tampa, Florida - The Gulf and South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation, Inc. announces the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to Mr. Bob Gill.  This award recognizes the recipient’s many years of outstanding service to the seafood community.  Mr. Gill was recognized at the Foundation’s Annual Board of Trustees Meeting dinner in New Orleans, LA.  Past recipients include Mr. Larry Simpson, Ms. Joanne McNeely, Mr. Ewell Smith, Mr. Corky Perret, Mr. Wayne Swingle, Mr. David Harrington and others. 

Mr. Bob Gill is the owner of Shrimp Landings in Crystal River, Florida.  He has been an active member in the Organized Fishermen of Florida and the Southeastern Fisheries Association.  For the past six years he has served on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, also serving as Chairman during his last term.  Mr. Gill is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an ocean engineer, MSME, and the US Naval Academy.  He served honorably in the US Navy.  Mr. Bob Jones, Past Foundation President noted, "Bob has been an outspoken proponent for the commercial seafood community in the Gulf Region."   

Mr. Gary Graham also received special recognition for his over four decades of work with the commercial seafood industry.  He received his Bachelors Degree in Range Science from the Texas A&M University.  Mr. Graham has worked as a Fisheries Specialist with the Texas Sea Grant Program for over 40 years, the vast majority of that time spent in the field, working directly with industry.  He has been an instrumental cooperator for the Foundation, acting as the Gulf Regional Coordinator since 1992.  Mr. Graham is a past recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.  “The Foundation is immensely appreciative of the efforts Gary has put forth and we look forward to continuing the cooperative relationship and friendship that has developed,” said Ms. Judy Jamison, Foundation Executive Director. 

The dinner was held at Chef John Besh’s Restaurant August and ~100 people were in attendance.  The dinner was also sponsored by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and included local Gulf seafood products. 

The Foundation is a private, regional nonprofit research organization with a general membership and Board of Trustees representing a wide spectrum of the commercial fishing industry throughout the southeast U.S.   Through the Foundation, the commercial seafood and fishing industry can collectively identify industry needs, and address those needs through appropriate research and other activities.  Representing the nine-state region from Virginia to Texas, the Foundation has sponsored more than 700 fisheries related research projects.  For more information visit our website at