Salt Water Sportsman‘s C. M. “Rip” Cunningham was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans on June 15 to the New England Fishery Management Council. The Council, one of eight formed under the Magnuson Act back in 1976, is charged with managing finfish and shellfish in the federal Exclusive Economic Zone, which runs from state waters out to the 200-mile limit. Council members serve three-year terms and generally sit on several subcommittees.
Cunningham has extensive experience in fisheries management as a long-time member of the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Commission and as a member of the Government Relations Committee of the American Sportfishing Association. He has also served on the board of the National Coalition for Marine Conservation and on the IGFA’s International Committee.
Cunningham has been with Salt Water Sportsman for 33 years, much of that as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. He currently serves as Editor-at-Large, writing editorials and representing the magazine at various management meetings and conservation functions.