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July 7, 2022


The Secretary of Commerce recently announced the appointment of three members to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. The appointees begin their three-year terms on August 11, 2022.


Michael B. McDermott, Jr. was appointed to his first term on the Council. Michael is a lifelong resident of Biloxi, Mississippi where he practices law and operates a dry storage marina housing over 200 boats. Raised in a family of fisherman, Michael has fished and traveled throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Caribbean. He has followed and participated in fisheries management issues for over a decade.


Dr. Thomas Frazer was reappointed for a third term on the Council. He currently Chairs the Council’s Reef Fish, Coral, and Migratory Species Committees. Dr. Frazer resides in St. Petersburg Florida and is the Dean of the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida. He has spent his career conducting research in both freshwater and marine ecosystems around the globe.


Troy Williamson, II was reappointed for a second term on the Council. He is an attorney from Corpus Christi, Texas with a passion for recreational fishing. Troy has also served on the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission and on the Executive Committee of the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation, Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.