NACO would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Russel Nelson, past Executive Director of the previous Florida Marine Fisheries Commission,  and as past Director of Saltwater Fisheries of the current Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. Dr. Nelson was last working as a consultant for The Billfish Foundation and Coastal Conservation Association. Russ was an extremely knowledgeable fishery biologist and knew the fishery management system well. Fishermen across this country and in other parts of the world have lost a true advocate for fishermen and the resource.

Former Marine Fisheries head Nelson dies unexpectedly