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November 15, 2010

DNR agency director recognized for efforts to improve Atlantic coast marine fisheries

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission recently presented John Frampton, Director of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the David H. Hart Award, its highest annual award, at the Commission's 69th Annual Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Commission instituted the "Captain David H. Hart Award" in 1991 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding efforts to improve Atlantic coast marine fisheries. The award is named for one of the Commission's longest serving members, who dedicated himself to the advancement and protection of marine fishery resources.

Throughout his long and distinguished career in natural resource management, Mr. Frampton has been an advocate and practitioner for building strong personal and professional relationships within the natural resource community. His actions reflect his fundamental belief that such relationships lead to cooperation among state and federal natural resource management agencies and conservation and industry stakeholders, resulting in more effective conservation and management. This spirit of cooperation is one of the founding principles of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

For over three decades, Mr. Frampton has been a tireless champion for legislation and funding benefiting state natural resource management activities, securing millions of dollars for the states to restore and sustainably manage their fish and wildlife resources. In his own state, he secured significant state funds to acquire tens of thousands of acres of land for conservation easements and habitat restoration. He was a guiding force in the development of the National Fish Habitat Initiative, directly benefiting Atlantic coastal states through the significant funding awarded to the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP). This coastwide collaborative partnership strives to accelerate the conservation of habitat for Atlantic coastal, estuarine-dependent, and diadromous fish, and has great potential to restore Atlantic waterways and enhance productivity of many marine fisheries.

Mr. Frampton is a dedicated natural resource manager who has worked tirelessly and effectively for the greater good of fish and wildlife management and conservation along the Atlantic coast and throughout the entire nation. His efforts to elevate the importance of natural resource management have greatly benefitted Atlantic states and have contributed to the betterment of the marine fisheries of the Atlantic coast.

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