Mark Brown was appointed to the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (SAFMC) this July, and the story is featured in the Post & Courier. The Captain of Shem Creek’s Teaser2 has been attending council meetings since 1989, and has often butted heads with SAFMC members regarding logical solutions to protect fisheries.
In the article, Brown comments on his added value to the SAFMC: “I understand a broad range of fisheries. I owned a longline boat for five years. I’ve bottom-fished, handline fished for king mackerel, and cast net for mullet in Florida. I think one of the things I bring is input on how to establish a regulation that will protect the fishery but not be economically damaging to the fisherman.”
“I know over-exploiting a fishery is going to be devastating to everybody. Ninety-nine percent of the people in the business want to see a healthy fishery. We want to have that for generations. I’m right there with (the SAFMC) as far as regulation (to protect the fishery goes), but I also want to make sure it’s reasonable.”
“If people have some issue, I’ll be glad to sit down and talk with them about it. Because I’ve been going to these meetings for years, I can explain to them in great detail what we’re up against.”
You can read the full Post & Courier Article here: Local Charter Captain Appointed to SAFMC