Marine Fisheries Commission

Commission Details

Board Website 
Board Website
Long Name 
Marine Fisheries Commission
Environmental Quality
Governor Appointments 
Total Board Positions 
Cite Name 
N.C. Gen. Stat.
Cite Number 
§ 143B-289.54
Term Length 
3 years
The commission manages, restores, develops, cultivates, conserves, protects and regulates the marine and estuarine resources within its jurisdiction. The commission also implements laws relating to coastal fisheries, coastal fishing, shellfish, crustaceans and other marine and estuarine resources enacted by the General Assembly. The commission has nine members, each serving a three-year term. The governor appoints all members.

Current Members

Member Name 
Appointment Date 
Term End Date 
Term Type 
Ryan Stelter Bethea 8/11/20236/30/2025LimitedActive or Recently Retired Commercial Fisherman from the Coastal Region >50%
Michael C. Blanton 7/30/20186/30/2024LimitedActive or Recently Retired Commercial Fisherman from the Coastal Region >50%
Samuel J. Corbett III8/11/20236/30/2026LimitedCommercial Dealer or Processor from the Coastal Region >50%
Robert B. McNeill 7/25/20196/30/2025LimitedRecreational Sports Fisherman <10%
W. Robert Bizzell 7/30/20186/30/2024LimitedRecreational Sports Fisherman <10%
Thomas Nathaniel Roller 2/17/20206/30/2026LimitedRecreational Sports fishing >50%
Donald G. Huggins, Jr. 8/8/20226/30/2024LimitedAt-Large
Sarah M. Gardner 10/17/20226/30/2025LimitedAt-large
Douglas N. Rader 8/8/20226/30/2026LimitedScientist

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