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Foundation Announces The Election of Officers For 2011/2012

Posted: August 09, 2011


Judy Jamison
Executive Director, Gulf & South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation, Inc.
(813) 286-8390


Tampa, Florida – The Gulf & South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation, Inc., with membership including representatives of the commercial fishing and seafood industries from Texas to Virginia, announced the election of officers for 2011-2012.

Mr. Mike Voisin, Louisiana Seafood Processors Council, Houma, LA., was elected President of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.  Mr. Jerry Sansom, Organized Fishermen of Florida, Cocoa, FL, was elected Vice President and Mr. Rutledge Leland, South Carolina At-Large, McClellanville, SC, was elected Treasurer/Secretary. 

Mr. Voisin replaces Mr. Robert Jones who has served as Foundation President for the past 4 years.  For his distinguished service to the commercial fishing industry, Mr. Jones received the Foundation’s Distinguished Service Eagle.  Mr. Jones also received recognition for his tireless work on the South Atlantic red snapper issue.

“The Gulf & South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation serves as liaison between the commercial fishing and seafood industries, general consumers and government agencies.  The Foundation’s function is to identify problems that affect the fisheries in the Gulf and South Atlantic states and develop practical solutions,” Voisin said.

Other Trustees of the Foundation include:  Jack Amason, representing Georgia At-Large, Valona, GA; Wilma Anderson, Texas Shrimp Association, Aransas Pass, TX; Joey Daniels, Virginia At-Large, Chesapeake, VA; Byron Despaux, Louisiana At-Large, Barataria, LA; Craig Dopson, South Carolina Shrimpers Association, Helena Island, SC; Philip Horn, Mississippi At-Large, Pascagoula, MS; Robert Jones, Southeastern Fisheries Association, Inc., Tallahassee, FL; Christopher Nelson, Alabama At-Large, Bon Secour, AL; Patrick Riley, Texas At-Large, Freeport, TX; James Ruhle, North Carolina At-Large, Wanchese, NC; Kay Williams, Mississippi At-Large, VanCleave, MS; and John Woods, Georgia Shrimp Association, Midway, GA.

The Foundation is a private, non-profit research and development organization serving the commercial fishery industry since 1976. Based in Tampa, the Foundation represents Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Foundation membership includes commercial fishermen, seafood processors and other businesses or individuals closely associated with the industry.  Since its incorporation, the Foundation has administered more than 700 research and outreach projects assisting the commercial harvesting and seafood industries.

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