Tourism board member appointed to Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

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Susan Boggs one of 30 named to regional councils by U.S. Commerce Department

GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – On June 27, 2018, the U.S. Commerce Department named 30 new and reappointed individuals to eight regional fishery management councils, including Susan Boggs, co-owner of SanRoc Cay Marina and Reel Surprise Charters. Boggs and her husband Randy have worked tirelessly to improve fishing regulations and environmental practices on the Alabama Gulf Coast for decades, and this three-year term from Aug. 11, 2018 to Aug. 10, 2021 will have even greater impact for managing Gulf fish stocks alongside NOAA Fisheries.

Since 2015, Boggs has served on the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism Board of Directors and has played a key role in advocating for proper red snapper management and implementing sustainability initiatives along Alabama’s beaches.

“Susan has brought tremendous experience and insight to our board and is a true champion for fishing on the Gulf of Mexico,” said Herb Malone, president and CEO for the tourism bureau. “This federal appointment to the Gulf Fishery Management Council is a prestigious honor and will elevate local fishery standards and awareness to the highest level.”

According to NOAA Fisheries’ announcement, “council members represent diverse groups, including commercial and recreational fishing industries, environmental organizations and academia. They are vital to fulfilling the act’s requirements to end overfishing, rebuild fish stocks and manage them sustainably.” One notable related initiative Boggs and her husband co-managed was the Gulf Council-supported Gulf Headboat Collaborative Exempted Fishing Permit in 2014 and 2015, which allowed participating headboats along the Gulf Coast to harvest red snapper and gag grouper year-round.

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