Co-chaired by Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. and Executive Director of the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Nick Wiley,
the council is made up of fifteen voting members and three
non-voting members. DEP, FWC and the Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services (DACS) each appointed five members to the council. Executive Director Wiley has
appointed Gil McRae, Director of the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research
Institute as his designee, and Commissioner Adam Putnam has
appointed Director Leslie Palmer of DACS - Aquaculture as his.
Directors McRae and Palmer are the
- Dr. Karl Havens –
Director of Florida Sea Grant.
- Dr. John C. Ogden – USF
Emeritus Professor of Integrative Biology and Adjunct Professor
USF College of Marine Sciences.
- Dr. Lisa Robbins –
Senior Scientist, United States Geological Survey Center for
Coastal and Watershed Studies.
- Dr. Thomas D. Waite –
Dean of the College of Engineering, Florida Institute of
- Dr. Peter Ortner –
Director, Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric
Studies, University of Miami
- Dr. James Cato – Senior
Associate Dean and Director, School of Natural Resources and
Environment, University of Florida
- Dr. Billy Causey –
Regional Director, Southeast Region, National Marine Sanctuary
- Holly Greening –
Executive Director, Tampa Bay Estuary Program
- Dr. Jerome Lorenz –
Research Director, National Audubon Society’s Tavernier Science
- Dr. Shirley Pomponi –
Chief Executive Officer, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution.
- Mark Carter - Coastal
- Jane Davis – Aquarium
Curator, The Living Seas at Walt Disney World’s Epcot®.
- Dr. Ernest Estevez –
Senior Scientist Emeritus, Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Coastal Ecology.
- Richard M. Pruitt -
Director, Environmental Programs, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
- Jerry Sansom –
Executive Director, Organized Fishermen of Florida.