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Dr. Russell Nelson

Wrong Dr. Russell Nelson?

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

  • Founder
    Nelson Resources Consulting , Inc.
  • Volunteer
    Children's Cancer Association
  • Board Member
    Marine Fisheries
  • Board Member
    Marine Fisheries Commission

Education

  • PhD
  • doctorate , Marine Fisheries Ecology
  • Ph.d
  • Ph.D. , Reef Analysis
196 Total References
Web References
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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The post TBF Mourns the Loss of TBF Chief Scientist, Russell Nelson appeared first on The Billfish Foundation.
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.
Mexico - Reports/Forums/jerrylabella.com
www.jerrylabella.com, 18 Oct 2007 [cached]
The study led by TBF Science Director Dr. Russell Nelson and Rob Southwick, Southwick & Associations, Inc., revealed 354,013 people fished in Los Cabos in 2007, most all of them international visitors spending an estimated $633.6 million (U.S.) dollars for lodging, charter boats, food, transportation, tackle, fuel and more.
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.
Panama launches Study on IMPACT of Sportfishing Tourism
www.allatsea.net, 2 Sept 2011 [cached]
Dr. Russell Nelson, TBF's Science Dir., said there are three parts to the research study.
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Also working with Nelson and Lockland is Dr. Rob Southwick of Southwick Associates a fishing economics and statistics firm who anticipates the study to take 18 months.
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Nelson added, "There's a very active recreational angling community in Panama.
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