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 non-voting members.

DEP Appointees:

  • 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 Technology.
  • Dr. Peter Ortner – Director, Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies, University of Miami

FWC Appointees:

  • 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 Program
  • Holly Greening – Executive Director, Tampa Bay Estuary Program
  • Dr. Jerome Lorenz – Research Director, National Audubon Society’s Tavernier Science Center.
  • Dr. Shirley Pomponi – Chief Executive Officer, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution.

DACS Appointees:

  • Mark Carter - Coastal Conservation Association
  • 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.

Appointing Agencies

Former Members