CCA Louisiana recommends additional names for critically important recreational seat

Last week, CCA Louisiana sent an alert to its members regarding two letters we sent to Governor John Bel Edwards concerning critical nominations to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. CCA Louisiana submitted a list of leaders in the angling conservation community to serve in the seat currently held by Camp Matens, who has done an outstanding job representing our state’s recreational anglers and charter captains over the last six years and is highly-regarded by fisheries managers across the Gulf. The Governor’s final list of nominees is to be submitted to NOAA by March 15.

Since that alert, CCA Louisiana Executive Director David Cresson met with the Governor’s staff to discuss potential nominees, including the names already recommended by CCA Louisiana. CCA Louisiana was able to discuss and review the Governor’s working list and committed to submit additional names for consideration. Earlier this week, a third letter from CCA with additional, exceptionally-qualified potential candidates was delivered to the Governor’s office.

In total, CCA Louisiana has now submitted 10 names for Governor Edwards’ consideration as nominees for Louisiana’s recreational seat on the Gulf Council, including:

Camp Matens of Baton Rouge
Representative Jerome Zeringue of Houma
George Huye of Baton Rouge
Patrick Fitzmorris of Madisonville
Robert Allain of Jeanerette
Ed Landgraf of Hammond
John Dugas of Lafayette
Charles Caplinger of Slidell
Marc Mouton of Lafayette
Billy Broussard of Pecan Island

Each of them is an avid angler and would be an exceptional and dedicated representative of Louisiana’s recreational sector in this vital role.

We appreciate Governor Edwards’ willingness to work with our organization on these critical nominations. CCA Louisiana will keep our members posted as the Governor’s formal nominations are submitted to NOAA.