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 Commercial Fishery Representatives
Bob Danielson, Senate nominee John Davi, Senate nominee
John Renaldo, Senate nominee Dean Yaxa, Senate nominee
Paul Risi, Assembly nominee Vacant, Assembly nominee
Christopher Squeri, Assembly nominee Vacant, Assembly nominee
Charles Witek, Commissioner appointee Michael Craig, Commissioner appointee
Joseph Paradiso, Commissioner appointee Paul Farnham, Commissioner appointee
Melissa Dearborn, Commissioner appointee Thomas Jordan, Commissioner appointee
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