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Webinar: The Blue Ribbon AIS Commission – Process, Participation and Final Report

January 18, 2023 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm CST

Speakers – Chris Macaluso, Director of the Center for Marine Fisheries for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and Clay Crabtree, Director of Federal Government Relations for the National Marine Manufacturers Association

An Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Commission was enacted over the last year by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, along with leading organizations in outdoor recreation and conservation A steering committee guided the work of the AIS Commission, while the core membership of the AIS Commission included representatives from entities with interest and expertise in the prevention, management, mitigation, and eradication of AIS, including NAISMA. The AIS Commission conducted a series of listening sessions to receive input from experts on various AIS-related topics that informed a final report with recommendations to collaboratively improve upon AIS management in the United States.

Speaker Bios:

Chris Macaluso is the Center for Marine Fisheries Director for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. He works with a host of advocacy and conservation organizations to advance habitat restoration efforts across the Gulf and improve federal fisheries management law and policy. Macaluso is an avid angler and duck hunter and a lifelong Louisiana resident who has worked in the outdoors communication field for more than 20 years, hosting hunting and fishing radio shows and working as a freelance outdoor and sports writer, radio and TV host. He became the first-ever communications director for the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority in 2006 and handled media relations for the Authority during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. He left state-government in late 2010 to work as the Coastal Outreach Coordinator for the non-profit Louisiana Wildlife Federation helping to start the Vanishing Paradise Campaign that worked with outdoorsmen and the hunting and fishing industry to pass the RESTORE Act in 2012 before taking his current role at TRCP in 2013. He and his wife Katie have a young son and daughter who both enjoy spending time in the swamps and marshes of Louisiana and the beaches along the Gulf Coast.

Clay Crabtree is the Director of Federal Government Relations for the National Marine Manufactures Association or NMMA. Prior to joining NMMA, Clay served as policy director for the American Sportfishing Association, focusing on state and federal policies impacting freshwater issues. Clay also worked for a federal agency as a congressional liaison between members of Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services, and he served as an aide for Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), advising the senator on trade and budgetary issues. Clay is a native West Virginian and an avid angler.


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