Former President of Yamaha Marine Group, Phillip Dyskow is a life-long recreational angler with experience in both fresh and salt water. Throughout his adult life he developed a passion for fishing the Gulf of Mexico, both inshore and offshore. Over the past decade he has focused his fishing efforts in the 10,000 Islands area of Southwest Florida operating out of his waterfront home on Marco Island, Florida. Phil pilots his own 24 foot bay boat, and enjoys the solitude of a day on the water in a very remote part of Florida. Phil is active in Marine Conservation and is a Legacy Member and a Life Member of the Coastal Conservation Association.
Dr. Thomas Frazer, the Chief Science Officer for the State of Florida, is an ecologist by training. He has spent his career conducting research in both freshwater and marine ecosystems around the globe. Dr. Frazer continues to serve as Chair of the Gulf Council and Dean of the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida.
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.
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.
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.
Troy Williamson is an attorney in private practice in Corpus Christi, Texas. Troy earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. He chose a career in civil law and channeled his scientific interest into fisheries advocacy. Troy is currently a Commissioner (Texas) on the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission and serves on the Executive Committee of the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation, Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He has served on numerous Advisory Panels for the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. Troy is a recreational fisherman who primarily enjoys saltwater fly-fishing for different species across the U.S. and beyond.
Susan Boggs is the acting Chief Operations Officer of Reel Surprise Marina, a full-service marina and fuel dock in Orange Beach, Alabama. She also manages her husband’s charter business that offers both inshore and offshore trips on a variety of headboats and charter vessels. Mrs. Boggs served as the Vice Chair of the Marine Trades Committee of the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber for five years. She currently serves as a member of the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Tourism Board. Susan has fished her entire life, targeting bass in ponds as a kid and saltwater fishing with her husband later on. She enjoys spending time outdoors and cooking with her family.
Bob Shipp is professor Emeritus in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama, which he chaired for 20 years. He served on the Gulf Council from 1992-2000 and 2005-2013, during which he was elected chair three times. His primary research areas are artificial reef habitats and the biology of red snapper, on which he has published numerous peer reviewed papers and has testified before Congress three times. He is currently a board member of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GOMRI), the 500 million dollar research program created to study the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He served on the Gulf Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee before he was reappointed to the Council. He is author of “Dr. Bob Shipp’s Guide to Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico” in its second edition and has served as judge for 35 years for the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, the largest and oldest fishing tournament in the world.
JD Dugas owns and operates a suite of home care businesses that provide hospice, home health, and personal care services. He also owns a marine logistics business that services the oil and gas industry. Mr. Dugas is a lifetime member of the Coastal Conservation Association and has served in each officer role (secretary, treasurer, vice president, and president) of his local chapter. Prior to being appointed to the Council, he served on the Gulf Council’s Ad Hoc Red Snapper Private Angler Advisory Panel. JD has been recreational fishing since he was a kid. In recent years, he has turned his attention towards marlin fishing, competing in billfish tournaments across the Gulf. JD also enjoys saltwater fishing with his wife and daughter in Grand Isle, Louisiana. He relishes the opportunity to share the outdoors with his daughter by teaching her to fish and deer hunt.
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 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, the Vice Chair of the Gulf Council, 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 three children.
Mr. Strelcheck is currently serving as the Acting Regional Administrator (RA) for NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office. Prior to becoming the Acting RA in January 2021, he served as the Deputy RA of NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Regional Office. In this role, he guided regional priorities related to broad-ranging environmental laws to ensure sustainable fisheries and fishing communities, conservation and restoration of fisheries habitat, and protection and recovery of endangered and threatened species. He began his career working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Division of Marine Fisheries in 2001 before taking a job as a fishery biologist at NOAA Fisheries in 2004. From 2008-2015 he served as chief of the Limited Access Privilege Programs Data Management Branch before becoming the Deputy RA. In this capacity, he oversaw catch share programs analytical work used to support fisheries management.
His interest and passion for fisheries management began after learning how to dive as a teenager. He went on to study fisheries science and biology at Florida State University, and later earned a master’s degree in Marine Science from the University of South Alabama. He enjoys fishing, scalloping, boating and hiking with family and friends.
Florida State Representative
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – Division of Marine Fisheries Management
(Designee for Jessica McCawley)
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.
Brigadier General Benjamin J. Spraggins is the Executive Director for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. In addition to his duties as Executive Director, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, the Mississippi Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act Committee, Executive Committee for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and the Go Coast 2020 Board. Gen. Spraggins served as Chief Operations Officer for MDMR from October 2013 to December 2017. He also is a Commissioner on the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Authority. He served in the military for 34 years and was the Commander of Combat Readiness Training Center Gulfport, Commander of 186th Air Refueling Wing, Meridian, MS and Chief of Staff Tennessee Air National Guard. Gen. Spraggins is married to Judy Phillips Spraggins and has one son.
Robin Riechers, Director of Coastal Fisheries of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department began his career in the Coastal Fisheries Division in 1988. Robin has served in various roles within the coastal fisheries division and served as the Science and Policy Director for 7 years prior to being named Director. In his early years, Robin served as the economist for coastal fisheries but was largely responsible for implementing and managing the human dimension program’s that are critical to our fishery program efforts today. Robin has been recognized for his efforts in working with the shrimping community on the passage and implementation of the Shrimp Limited Entry Program. He also played a key role in the passage of the crab and finfish limited entry programs in 1997 and 1999. He has served on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council since 2000 and served as Chairman of the Council in 2006 and 2007. In February of 2010, Mr. Reichers became the Director of Coastal Fisheries Division for Texas Parks and Wildlife. Shortly after being named Coastal Fisheries Chief, Robin assumed the role of Texas representative on the Deepwater Horizon Early Restoration Trustee Council and served as chair of that body in 2015-16.