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Community Advisory Board Members

A key component of the ABSI project is to involve stakeholders in a meaningful consensus building process for development and implementation of an ecosystem-based oyster management and restoration plan. This is accomplished through the Community Advisory Board (CAB), assembled by Florida State University and tasked with providing input into that initiative. The 22 members of the CAB include local government officials as well as representatives from the seafood industry, recreational fishing industry and environmental groups. To find meeting dates, deliberations, and reading material for all CAB Meetings, please refer to this page.

Georgia Ackerman

Apalachicola Riverkeeper, Executive Director

Mike Allen

UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station, Director

Ottice D. Amison

Franklin County Commission, District 4 Commissioner

David Barber

Barber Seafood, Owner

Frank Gidus

CCA Florida, Director of Habitat & Environmental Restoration

Anita Grove

Apalachicola City Commissioner

Chad Hanson

The Pew Charitable Trusts, Fisheries Science and Policy Analyst

Jenna Harper

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Manager

Shannon Hartsfield

Seafood Management Assistant Resource Recovery Team (SMARRT), Chair

Becca Hatchell

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Marine & Estuarine Habitat Conservation & Restoration Biologist

Gayle Johnson

Indian Lagoon Oyster Company,

Director of Operations

Katie Konchar

The Nature Conservancy, 

Program Project Manager

Erik Lovestrand

Florida Sea Grant Extension Director, Franklin County

Chuck Marks

Acentria Insurance, Vice President (ret.)

Steve Rash

Water Street Seafood, Owner

Alex Reed

Florida Dept. Environmental Protection, Office of Resilience & Coastal Protection, Director

Devin Resko

FWC Marine Fisheries Management, Disaster Relief Coordinator

Portia Sapp

Florida Dept. Agriculture & Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture, Director

Grayson Shepard

Offshore Charter Guide

Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Chadwick Taylor

Riparian County Stakeholder Coalition

Paul Thurman

Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD), Environmental Scientist