Parimal M. Rohit
A shake up of the Fish and Game Commission in June trickled down to the board’s Marine Resources Committee (MRC) nearly two months later as Eric Sklar and Anthony Williams were appointed to serve on the working group, which only meets three times per year.
Sklar and Williams filled a void on the committee after they replaced Richard Rodgers and Michael Sutton as the newest Fish and Game commissioners; Rodgers and Sutton also co-chaired the MRC, which discusses and vets marine-themed regulatory proposals before forwarding them to the commission for final approval or rejection.
An MRC meeting scheduled for July 8 was cancelled due to Rodgers and Sutton being replaced by Sklar and Williams almost three weeks later.
The MRC is one of three Fish and Game Commission committees; the other two are Tribal and Wildlife Resources committees. Each committee is comprised of two commissioners, both appointed by the full commission.
Commissioners unanimously selected Sklar and Williams to co-chair the MRC at the commission’s Aug. 4 meeting in Fortuna.
Policies currently being considered by the MRC include the Spiny Lobster and Red Abalone fishery management plans as well as ocean sport fishing regulations.
Sklar and Williams will co-chair their first MRC meeting Nov. 4.