The Council is comprised of fifteen members, seven representatives each from the state’s commercial and recreational fishing industries and the Dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, (formerly the Marine Sciences Research Center, MSRC) of Stony Brook University, or his/her designee, as chairperson. Appointments to the council are made by the DEC Commissioner. For eight of these appointments, the Commissioner acts on nominations from the Majority Leader of the New York State Senate and the Speaker of the New York State Assembly. The remaining six councilors are appointed directly by the Commissioner.  Dr. Michael Frisk of SoMAS serves as chairman. The current membership of the Council is listed below.

Recreational Fishery Representatives
Robert Danielson​ – Senate nominee​
Melissa Dearborn​ – Commissioner appointee​
Vincent Finalborgo​ – Commissioner appointee​
Joseph Paradiso​ – Commissioner appointee​
Christopher Squeri​ – Assembly nominee​
Charles Witek​ – Commissioner appointee​
Steven Witthuhn​ – Commissioner appointee​

Commercial Fishery Representatives
Sean Barrett​ – Assembly nominee
John Davi​ – Senate nominee​
Thomas Jordan​ – Commissioner appointee​
Hank Lackner​ – Assembly nominee
Dean Yaxa​ – Senate nominee
Vacant – Assembly nominee
Vacant – Assembly nominee​

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