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Dr. Russell Nelson

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Chief Scientist

The Billfish Foundation
5100 N. Federal Hwy Suite 200
Fort Lauderdale , Florida 33308
United States

Company Description: The Billfish Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to conserving and enhancing billfish populations around the world. Our comprehensive...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • PhD
  • doctorate , Marine Fisheries Ecology
  • Ph.d
  • Ph.D. , Reef Analysis
196 Total References
Web References
Presidential Challenge Central America
preschallenge.com, 31 Jan 2015 [cached]
"TBF is proud of the efforts by Enrique Ramirez who secured the participation of the four participating Hilton Worldwide properties in Costa Rica and explained the conservation and business benefits of the world's sportfishing tourists, reaffirming Costa Rica's stature as one of the world's premier fishing destinations," noted TBF Chief Scientist Dr. Russell Nelson.
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The Billfish Foundation's (TBF) Chief Scientist Dr. Russell Nelson and TBF Central American Conservation Director Herbert Nanne received word of the seizure from Dr. Rolando Ramirez of INCOPESCA.
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Nelson and Nanne still have concerns regarding the vulnerability of sailfish that collect in certain areas along Costa Rica's coast.
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"We're told that if INCOPESCA wins this case," said Nelson, "money from the sale of the meat would go to Costa Rica's National Guard for enforcement and oversight improvements to protect the fishery."
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Chris is a board member of The Billfish Foundation and was joined by fellow TBF board member, Joan Vernon, and consultant to TBF, Dr. Russell Nelson and Kim Amendola, NOAA Fisheries, St. Petersburg, FL. IGFA Representative from Mexico City, Monty Padilla, was on hand to help with the fishing.
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Dr. Russell Nelson representing The Billfish Foundation participated in the tagging. Ten tags were taken on this trip. All ten tags were placed in sailfish. One tag was placed in a blue marlin.
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Trip coordinated by the IGFA, Monte Padilla(IGFA Representative-Mexico City), Stan Lushinsky(Ixtapa Sportfishing), Dr. Russell Nelson (The Billfish Foundation).
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The crew was joined by Dr. Russell Nelson representing The Billfish Foundation. Russell and Monty took advantage of their time to meet with local captains to discuss various conservation issues including the use of circle hooks and the problem with long lining off the Mexican coast.
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Dr. Eric Prince, David Holts, Joan Vernon and Dr. Russell Nelson will journey to this lovely Mexican fishing destination to tag another ten sailfish.
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DR. RUSSELL NELSON, THE BILLFISH FOUNDATION AND AN ACTIVE GROUP OF COSTA RICAN ANGLERS WORKED LONG AND HARD TO GET THIS RULE PASSED. THIS CAME ABOUT AFTER AN UNUSUAL NUMBER OF DEAD SAILFISH WERE SPOTTED OFF OF THE MID-COSTA RICAN COAST LAST JANUARY AS A RESULT OF DEEP HOOKING WITH 'J' HOOKS. ADOPT-A-BILLFISH TRIP TO COSTA RICA SUCCESSFUL!
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Thanks to Dr. Russell Nelson and The Billfish Foundation, the offical fishery agency of Costa Rica, INCOPESCA, has passed a resolution requiring the use of circle hooks for catch and release fishing!
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NOVEMBER 4, 2002: Great news from Dr. Russell Nelson and The Billfish Foundation. The evening of October 29th, the Pacific Fisher management Council voted unanimously to approve a Fisher Management Plan for Highly Migratory Species that prohibits the use of longlines within the 200 mile EEZ of the west coast and prohibits the sale of striped marlin. "This vote was a win for the fish", said Dr. Russell Nelson, TBF's fisheries consultant, "and we can now look towards restoring the striped marlin stocks off of southern California and using this U.S. example to help in developing safeguards against destructive longline gear in other nations of the Pacific Americas".
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Meetings were held at the Club de Yates in Acapulco attended by representatives of the Mexican sport fishing interests, Mexican senators and fishery officials,the Guatemalan government (Mr. Harris Whitbeck, First Secretary to President Portilla), Mexican and Guatemalan tourism officials, Panamanian sport fishing interests, Joan Vernon(PCCA), Ellen Peel (TBF) and Russell Nelson(TBF).
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A ONE HOUR SEMINAR was given by Joan, Ellen, Russell, Dr. Marcos Ostrander(Panama) and Dr. Juan Carlos Chavez(Mexico).
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Dr. Russell Nelson touched on the huge potential and need for development of resorts on the Caribbean side of Central America.
The Billfish Foundation
www.billfishfoundation.org [cached]
Dr. Russell Nelson, science director of The Billfish Foundation (TBF), along withHerbert Nanne, TBF Central American Conservation Director, are leading the TBF delegation at the meetings.
Dr. Nelson observed, "The scientific staff's proposal to close the tuna purse seine fishery in the eastern Pacific for 12 weeks is a conservation mandate that is absolutely necessary to stop overfishing on tuna and provide some relief to the bycatch mortality on billfish, dorado, wahoo and other species vital to the health of the pelagic ecosystem."
Meet the Team | The Billfish Foundation
www.billfish.org, 31 Mar 2014 [cached]
Dr. Russell Nelson
Scientist
Russell Nelson has a doctorate in Marine Fisheries Ecology and over twenty-five years experience in marine fisheries research and management. He has served as a research biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service, Chief Scientist and Director of Marine Fisheries for the State of Florida, including fourteen years as a member of both the U.S. South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils and has served on U.S. delegations to both ICCAT and the IATTC. During his career has participated in the development of management plans for over three hundred species of marine resources at the state, national and international levels.
Seawatch: Advisory Board
seawatch.org, 8 Nov 2014 [cached]
Russell Nelson, PhD Russell Nelson has a doctorate in Marine Fisheries Ecology and over twenty years experience in marine fisheries research and management. He has served as a research biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service, Director of Marine Fisheries for the State of Florida, and fourteen years as a member of both the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils. Dr. Nelson is currently a chief scientist and director of Nelson Consulting, a firm specializing in international marine fisheries science, management and policy development. Dr. Nelson has particular expertise in coastal and highly migratory pelagic species and reef fish assemblages. He has worked on management plans for over three hundred species of marine resources at the state, national and international levels.
Rum Bum | Fishing
www.rumbum.com, 26 June 2014 [cached]
TBF Mourns the Loss of TBF Chief Scientist, Russell Nelson
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Russell Nelson, The Billfish Foundation's Chief Scientist and a former leader of the Florida Marine Fisheries Commission, has passed away.
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When it came to ensuring healthy fish populations, Russell Nelson was the perfect combination of scientist and reason.
As executive director of the Florida Marine Fisheries Commission (FMC), which later became part of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Nelson helped develop regulations that brought redfish, snook and other species back from the brink of extinction in Florida waters.
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Russell also protected sea turtles by getting Florida to require turtle excluder devices on shrimp boats.
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Appointed by the governor, the MFC's commissioners were citizens that sometimes had little knowledge or understanding of saltwater issues, but Russell always there to gently guide them to do the right thing for Florida's marine resources.
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"Russ was an enormous asset to the Marine Fisheries Commission and was a phenomenal contributor to the safety and conservation of many fisheries in the United States," said R.Z. Safley, a former Florida legislator and one-time member (1986-1988) of the Marine Fisheries Commission.
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Russ was good because he could balance the science and the politics."
After leaving the FWC in 2000, he founded Nelson Resources Consulting, an Oakland Park-based international fisheries consulting group that specializes in conservation science and advocacy for recreational fishing interests.
With The Billfish Foundation, Russell was instrumental in several of TBF's socio-economic studies in the Los Cabos region of Mexico, Costa Rica, and Panama as well as being a loud voice for recreational fishing during international negotiations.
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"All I can say is that Russell, in addition to being a brilliant scientist and analyst, had the most subtle sense of humor of anyone I've ever known," said Joan Vernon, of Key Biscayne, who conducts the Presidential Challenge and worked with Nelson on billfish conservation issues in countries visited by the tournament series.
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"All I can say is that Russell, in addition to being a brilliant scientist and analyst, had the most subtle sense of humor of anyone I've ever known," said Joan Vernon, of Key Biscayne, who conducts the Presidential Challenge and worked with Nelson on billfish conservation issues in countries visited by the tournament series.
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It is hard to imagine life without Russell."
"He was super," said Capt. Bouncer Smith, of Miami Beach, who took Mr. Nelson and friends of his from Sweden daytime swordfishing two weeks ago.
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Russell received his doctorate from North Carolina State University, then worked as a research biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service before working for the Marine Fisheries Commission. Highly respected, Nelson also served for 14 years as a member of both the U.S. South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils and also served on the U.S. delegation to the International Committee for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).
Nelson is survived by TBF President Ellen Peel, two adult daughters, Rebecca and Kate, his mother and several siblings.
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