Dr. Thomas Frazer, Director of the University of Florida’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, is an ecologist by training. He has spent his career conducting research in both freshwater and marine ecosystems around the globe.
His life-long passion for fisheries began in the coastal waters off Southern California. That passion led him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in marine fisheries at Humboldt State University. Tom subsequently earned a master’s degree in fisheries and aquatic sciences from the University of Florida. He then returned to the west coast to earn a doctoral degree at the University of California Santa Barbara.
In addition to his ongoing work in the Gulf of Mexico, Tom frequently travels to French Polynesia and the Caribbean to carry out research on coral reef ecosystems. A recent focus is on the invasive lionfish in an effort to limit their impacts on key fishery species.
John Sanchez earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. He is an avid recreational angler, as well as the former Executive Director of the Monroe County Commercial Fishermen, Inc. – now known as the Florida Keys Commercial Fisherman’s Association. Sanchez also served on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council from 1997 – 2000.
Doug Boyd earned a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance from North Texas State University. He is President of DWB Enterprises, a custom residential construction company. He is also a member of the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council, the Coastal Conservation Association, and the National Fish Habitat Board of Directors. Boyd is an avid angler who enjoys fishing for reef fish and coastal migratory pelagics.
Greg Stunz, Ph.D. is a marine biologist that specializes in fisheries ecology and sport-fisheries. He holds the Endowed Chair of Fisheries and Ocean Health at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. He is a Professor of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and acts as the Director of the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation. He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
A major focus of Dr. Stunz’s research program is to provide scientific data for sustainable management of our marine fisheries and ocean resources to ensure healthy environments. Greg’s research program is diverse, but currently focuses on migration patterns of marine life using a variety of state-of-the-art electronic tracking devices, how marine animals interact with their habitats, and the vital role that estuaries and near-shore waters play in sustaining marine populations. Specifically, his research includes understanding the roles of apex predators (i.e., sharks) in Gulf ecosystems and tracking their movement patterns, dolphinfish migration patterns and life history studies, red snapper ecology and management, methods to reduce discard mortality, and several projects dealing with many estuarine fishes such as spotted seatrout and red drum and their sustainable management.
Johnny Greene has fished as both a commercial fisherman and as a recreational angler for his entire life. He bought his first boat at the age of 12 after saving the money he earned from cutting grass and other odd jobs. Today he owns and operates Intimidator Charters.
Greene has been involved in fishery management since the late 1990s, and has served as the Chair of the Reef Fish, Data Collection, and Marine Reserve Committees, as well as Vice Chair of the Restoration Committee. He is also a longtime member of the Orange Beach Fishing Association and sits on its board of directors.
David Walker has been a commercial fishermen for over 30 years. He started fishing recreationally with his father, but everything changed after his junior year of college when he got a summer job on a commercial longline boat and never returned to school. Instead, Walker opted to build his professional life as a commercial reef fish fisherman and boat captain.
In addition to owning his own fishing fleet, David is a Board member for the Gulf of Mexico Shareholders’ Alliance and a member of The Gulf Coast Professional Fishermen, Share the Gulf, the Gulf Fisherman’s Association, Organized Seafood Association of Alabama, and Fish for America. He got involved with the Gulf Council early in his career, regularly attending meetings and serving on a number of different advisory panels over the years.
Camp Matens earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University, where he later conducted postgraduate work in engineering management. He is passionate about fishing and has been an avid fisherman since childhood.
Matens has extensive experience around the world observing pelagic fish while diving and spearfishing. He currently serves on the advisory council of the Louisiana State University School of the Coast, Energy and the Environment, and is a former member of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission. He is also a volunteer for the Louisiana Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Foundation.
Camp and his wife Barbara are both active upland bird hunters and clay shooters. They enjoy cooking the bounty of the sea and field at home and sharing with friends. Camp serves as the treasurer of Quail Forever in Louisiana, the Board of Opera Louisiane – a professional opera company in Baton Rouge as well as other civic and conservation organizations.
Ed Swindell grew up in a menhaden operation in Cameron, LA run by his father in the 1950s. He obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University and is now a retired Professional Engineer living in Louisiana. Ed was employed in the menhaden industry out of college and served as an engineer and in operations management. He retired in 2007 and has enjoyed taking time to participate in the antique business, traveling, and saltwater sport fishing. He has been a member of the Coastal Conservation Association for 32 years, charter member of the Gulf Council for five years, and an active meeting attendee with the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, where he was a member for one and a half years before reappointment to the Gulf Council.
Leann Bosarge, the Gulf Council Chair, was practically born in a pair of shrimp boots. She comes from a long line of shrimpers and fishermen who were some of the first people to settle the coastal areas of Mississippi and Alabama. They set down roots, found a way to make a living, and have thrived in the fishing industry ever since.
Although Leann loved working at the family business, she was encouraged to branch out and try something different. Leann earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance at the University of South Alabama and began working for a large, publicly traded bank. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Business, also from the University of South Alabama, and after five years at the bank she was ready to return to the commercial fishing industry. She felt limited in a large company where she was given a specific role and finite responsibility. Leann wanted to take on projects and make strategic decisions, so she returned to the family business.
Leann loves working with fishermen. She helps manage the family fleet and even had the opportunity to work as a vessel coordinator after the oil spill in 2010 to help protect the coastline she calls home. When she isn’t busy shrimping, she enjoys cooking, visiting the local barrier islands and spending time with her family.
Dale Diaz obtained his B.S. degree in Biological Science in 1996 from William Carey University. Dale has spent his entire career working with Marine Resources of the Gulf of Mexico. He retired as the Office Director of the Office of Marine Fisheries for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources in 2013. During his career, he worked as an owner/captain of a 52-ft. commercial shrimp and oyster vessel, a Marine Law Enforcement Officer, a Fisheries Scientist, and a Fisheries Administrator. Dale lives in D’iberville, Mississippi and enjoys camping and boating with family and friends.
State and Federal Voting Members
Kevin Anson has been an employee of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources / Marine Resources Division (AMRD) since 1998. He served as a biologist overseeing various recreational data collection programs, administering federal grants, and was AMRD’s coordinator for boating access and the artificial reef coordinator. In 2011, Kevin became the Fisheries Section Chief responsible for coordination and development of AMRD biological programs. He has served as proxy member of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council for the AMRD since 2008.
Kevin received a B.A. degree in Anthropology from Florida Atlantic University and a M. S. degree in Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures from Auburn University. He also has five years of aquaculture experience working for a private aquaculture company in Belize, Central America.
Patrick Banks currently serves as the Assistant Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and is responsible for the administrative operation of all fisheries management activities in Louisiana. He has been with LDWF since 2001 and has worked within the Marine Fisheries Section his entire career, most recently serving as the Biologist Director of that section. He also served as the statewide oyster program manager for over a decade where he oversaw management of the largest oyster fishery in the country. He received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Mercer University and an M.S. in Zoology from Louisiana State University.
During his time off, Banks is an avid recreational angler who enjoys chasing redfish, speckled trout, and green trout (largemouth bass) in the coastal marshes, especially around Delacroix, Louisiana. He is also an avid hunter and enjoys duck hunting along the coast, and deer and duck hunting in central Louisiana. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife and three children.
Roy Crabtree, regional administrator of NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office since January 2003, began his career as a self-employed fishing guide in the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park. He was later employed as a senior research scientist at Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, and as the director of the Commission’s Division of Marine Fisheries.
Crabtree earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Furman University in 1976, his master’s degree in marine science from the University of South Carolina in 1978, and his doctorate in marine science from the College of William and Mary in 1984.
Martha Guyas has served as Section Leader of the Federal Fisheries Section in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Division of Marine Fisheries Management since 2012. In this position she coordinates FWC positions on federal fisheries management issues that affect Florida; oversees development of FWC rulemaking related to federal fisheries issues; and serves as the Florida state agency representative to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. She started her career with the FWC in 2008 as a regional biologist in south Florida, focusing on local marine fisheries issues. Martha earned her B.S. in Biology at Wake Forest University and M.S. in Marine Biology at Florida Institute of Technology.
Dr. Paul Mickle currently serves as the Chief Scientific Officer for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. For more than 13 years Dr. Mickle has managed multiple projects focusing on imperiled species, as well as recreational and commercially important species in Mississippi. His research has addressed habitat use, population dynamics, growth and life history. He has contributed his research internationally and is the author of multiple peer-reviewed research articles from multiple journals. Dr. Mickle has served on multiple SouthEast, Data Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) committees. Mickle received a Bachelor of Science from The University of Florida and his Master’s and Doctorate from The University of Southern Mississippi.