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December 31, 2002

Fish and Game's John Nelson Elected ASMFC Chair

CONCORD, N.H. - The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission elected John I. Nelson, Jr., chief of N.H. Fish and Game's marine fisheries division, as its new chair.

Nelson spoke enthusiastically about his new position: "I am honored to be elected and look forward to working with my colleagues from the 15 Atlantic coast states, federal marine fishery management agencies, Potomac River Fisheries Commission, and the District of Columbia to ensure the continued conservation and management of Atlantic coast marine fishery resources… During my two-year term, I hope to further the Commission's mission and long-term vision for healthy, self-sustaining marine fishery resources by 2015. My first order of business will be to work with the Commissioners to develop the Commission's next five-year strategic plan."

As marine fisheries division chief, Nelson supervises the conservation, regulation and promotion of marine resources for use by recreational anglers and commercial fishermen in the state. His credentials include masters degrees in environmental engineering, business administration and marine zoology. Under Nelson's leadership, the marine fisheries division has made substantial progress on projects including enhanced ecosystem monitoring of marine resources, protection of important habitats within the state's largest estuary and outreach efforts to improve communication and interaction with commercial and recreational fishing constituents.

Nelson has also served on numerous committees of the New England Fishery Management Council and as New Hampshire's Administrative Commissioner to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. For the last two years, he has been the Vice-Chair of the Commission, guiding member states through implementation of its first five-year Strategic Plan.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission was formed by the 15 Atlantic coastal states in 1942 for the promotion and protection of coastal fishery resources. The Commission serves as a deliberative body of the Atlantic coastal states, coordinating the conservation and management of nearshore fishery resources, including marine, shell and anadromous species. See www.asmfc.org for more information.

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