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May 30, 2013

Charleston doctor recognized for preservation effort in marine fisheries

Charleston doctor recognized for preservation effort in marine fisheries The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFS) recently recognized several individuals from around the Eastern Seaboard with the Annual Awards of Excellence in Alexandria, Virginia for their contributions to the management and conservation of Atlantic coast fisheries.

Among those recognized was Dr. Malcolm Rhodes, South Carolina Governor Appointee to the Commission. Dr. Rhodes received his award in the management and policy category.

"Successful conservation is furthered by the existence of a strong collaborative involvement between all resource stakeholders, private or public," said S.C. Department of Natural Resources agency director Alvin Taylor. "I thank Dr. Rhodes for his unwavering service to preserve the natural resources of South Carolina and our region."

A passionate steward of Atlantic coast fisheries and their habitats, Dr. Malcolm Rhodes has served as South Carolina’s Governor Appointee to the Commission for eight years. From the outset, he has brought his leadership and expertise to bear, chairing both the Shad & River Herring Management Board and the Governors’ Appointees. He has also been a longstanding and active participant on the Administrative Oversight Committee and Executive Committee – two primary committees which set Commission administrative policies and provide guidance to the Executive Director on personnel, fiscal, and organizational matters. 

As chair of the Shad and River Herring Management Board, Dr. Rhodes led the states through the complex process of developing American shad sustainable fisheries plans for specific river systems. In doing so, he ushered in a new model and standard of fisheries conservation by turning the traditional, "Fish until you see there is a problem," management approach to a more precautionary and enlightened, "Don’t fish unless you can prove there won’t be a problem," mindset.

For more about the ASMFS check http://www.asmfc.org/.

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