Marine Fisheries Commission

Commission Details

Board Website 
Board Website
Long Name 
Marine Fisheries Commission
Department 
Environmental Quality
Governor Appointments 
9
Total Board Positions 
9
Cite Name 
N.C. Gen. Stat.
Cite Number 
§ 143B-289.54
Ethics 
Yes
Term Length 
3 years
Purpose 
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 
Requirements 
Ana Starr Shellem 8/8/20226/30/2025LimitedActive 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%
Douglas Edward Cross 11/2/20186/30/2023LimitedCommercial 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 2/17/20206/30/2023LimitedRecreational Sports fishing >50%
Donald G. Huggins, Jr. 8/8/20226/30/2024LimitedAt-Large
Martin H. Posey 7/25/20196/30/2022LimitedAt-large
Douglas N. Rader 8/8/20226/30/2023LimitedScientist


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