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Martha Guyas designated to International Tuna Conservation Commission

by American Sportfishing Association 8 Feb 15:47 UTC
Martha Guyas designated to International Tuna Conservation Commission © American Sportfishing Association

On January 31, Martha Guyas, southeast fisheries policy director for the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), was designated by the U.S. Department of State as alternate commissioner to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) representing recreational fishing interests.

ICCAT is an inter-governmental fishery organization responsible for the conservation of tunas and tuna-like species, such as swordfish and billfish, in the Atlantic Ocean and its adjacent seas. According to a 2020 report, recreational fishing for these species contributes an estimated $510 million to the United States economy and supports around 4,500 jobs.

"Decisions at ICCAT often have direct implications for our community," said Guyas. "I am honored to have the opportunity to represent recreational fishing interests as part of the United States delegation at ICCAT."

"Martha's appointment to ICCAT is a reflection of her highly respected expertise on marine fisheries issues and thoughtful approach to policymaking," said ASA President, Glenn Hughes. "I know she is excited to get to work at ICCAT and coordinate among a wide range of recreational fishing partners to best serve the community on this important commission."

As the voice for the sportfishing industry and the entire recreational fishing community for more than 90 years, ASA recognizes the importance of sound fisheries policy and conservation at all levels.

Martha is the second ASA staff member to serve on ICCAT. Former ASA President, Mike Nussman, served from 1993-2000.

Before joining ASA, Martha worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and was the FWC's designee on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. She is based in Tallahassee, Florida.

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