Jun 16 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES DR. ROBERT SHIPP AS MEMBER OF GULF OF MEXICO FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL

WASHINGTON, D. C. -- U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), announced today that Dr. Robert Shipp has been named to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. Senator Shelby made the following statement about Dr. Shipp’s appointment:

“I am pleased that Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez has selected Dr. Bob Shipp as a member of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. Dr. Shipp is uniquely qualified and a widely published scientist with more than thirty years of experience in marine fisheries management. He is well-respected and has a strong relationship with both recreational and commercial fishing groups.”

“Dr. Shipp’s appointment will provide the State of Alabama with a strong voice on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, and I am confident that he will be a true asset to the Council,” Shelby concluded.

Alabama has the second largest charter fleet in the United States, and Bayou La Batre, AL is one of the top ten seafood ports in the U.S. In addition, he is currently the Chairman of the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama.

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