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ABSI 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 23 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

Chip Bailey

Peregrine Charters, Owner

Bert Boldt

Franklin County Commissioner, District 2

Lee Edmiston

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, Former Reserve Manager 

Tom Frazer

Professor and Dean, University of South Florida, College of Marine Science; FL Dept. Environmental Protection, Chief Science Officer 

Frank Gidus

CCA Florida, Director of Habitat & Environmental Restoration

Anita Grove

Apalachicola City Commissioner

Chad Hanson

PEW Charitable Trusts, Fisheries Science and Policy Analyst

Jenna Harper

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Manager

Shannon Hartsfield

Apalachicola Seafood Workers Association 

B.J. Jamison

FWC Aquatic Habitat Conservation and Restoration Section, Section Leader

Erik Lovestrand

Florida Sea Grant Extension Director, Franklin County

Chuck Marks

Acentria Insurance, Vice President

Roger Mathis

Oysterman, R.D.'s Seafood

Mike O'Connell

Saint George Island Civic Club, 2025 Vision

Steve Rash

Water Street Seafood, Owner

Alex Reed

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

Portia Sapp

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

Denita Sassor

Outlaw Oyster Company, Co-Founder

John Solomon

Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director

Chadwick Taylor

Riparian County Stakeholder Coalition

Paul Thurman

Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD), Environmental Scientist

TJ Ward

Buddy Ward & Sons Seafood