Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council

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The Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (SFBPC) consists of up to 18 members, including two ex-officio representatives and 16 alternate members. The members serve as representatives of the following national interest groups: state fish and wildlife agencies, saltwater and freshwater fishing organizations, recreational boating organizations, recreational fishing and boating industries, recreation fishery resources conservation organizations, tribal resource management organizations, aquatic resource outreach and education organizations, and the tourism industry.

New Member information

The SFBPC is a Federal Advisory Committee Act group and Secretary of the Interior appoints new members for two-year terms. Members represent specific types of national interest groups identified in the Council’s charter. Currently there are no vacancies. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will post a Federal Register notice seeking nominations for new appointments as vacancies become available or members’ terms expire. 

Members

Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council: Member Roster 2016-2018 Term
Council Chair: 2014-2018
Primary Council Member:
2010-2018

Scott Kovarovics
Executive Director
Izaak Walton League of America
Vice Council Chair: 2014-2018
Primary Council Member:
2006 - 2018

Betty Huskins

Past Chair
Southeast Tourism Policy Council
Primary Council Member:
2010-2018
John A. Arway

Executive Director
Pennsylvania
Fish and Boat Commission
Primary Council Member:
2016-2018
Janine Belleque

Executive Board of Directors member
State Organization for Boating Access Oregon State Marine Board
Primary Council Member:
2002-2018
Douglass Boyd
National Board Member
Coastal Conservation Association
Primary Council Member:
2016-2018
Christopher Edmonston

President
Boat U.S. Foundation
Primary Council Member:
2016-2018

Barb Gigar
President
Aquatic Resources Education Association Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Primary Council Member:
2012-2018

Fred Harris
National Board Representative
American Fisheries Society
Primary Council Member:
2012-2018

Eugene “Mac” McKeever
Senior Public Relations Representative
L.L. Bean, Inc.
Primary Council Member:
2011-2018

Jerry McKinnis
Co-owner B.A.S.S., LLC
Primary Council Member:
2005-2018
Michael Nussman

President & CEO American
Sportfishing Association
Primary Council Member:
2016-2018

Collin O’Mara
President and CEO
National Wildlife Federation
Primary Council Member:
2005-2018

John Sprague
Past President
Marine Industries Association of Florida
Primary Council Member:
2014-2018

Alvin Taylor
Director
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Primary Council Member:
2016-2018
T. Nicole Vasilaros, Esq.

Vice President, Federal and Legal Affairs
National Marine Manufacturers Association
Primary Council Member:
2012-2018
James Zorn

Executive Administrator
Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
Primary Council Member:
2016-2018

Gregory Sheehan
(Ex officio)
Principal Deputy Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Primary Council Member:
2016-2018

Virgil Moore (Ex officio)
President
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council: Alternate Member Roster 2016-2018 Term
Thomas J. Dammrich
President
National Marine Manufacturers Association
Alternate for T. Nicole Vasilaros
Gene Gilliland
B.A.S.S. LLC
Director, B.A.S.S. Conservation
Alternate for Jerry McKinnis
Ron Regan
Executive Director
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Alternate for Virgil Moore
Designated Officer and Staff
Linda Friar
SFBPC Coordinator
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike
Mailstop FAC
Falls Church, VA 22041
703-358-2435
Email: Linda_Friar@fws.gov
Cheri Morgan
Outreach Specialist
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike
Mailstop FAC
Falls Church, VA 22041
P: 703-358-2465
Email: Cheri_Morgan@fws.gov
Virginia Takang
Administrative Assistant
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike
Mailstop FAC
Falls Church, VA 22041
P: 703-358-2543
Email: Virginia_Takang@fws.gov