Gov. Roy Cooper appointed three new individuals
to the Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) on Wednesday, August 1, per
the North Carolina Fisheries Association. The individuals include the
Rob Bizzell of Kinston as a Recreation Sports Fisherman & Chair.
Bizzell is the Founder of Realo Discount Drug
Stores, and the co-founder of Carolina Home Medical. Bizzell served as
the President for the North Carolina Pharmaceutical Association and
Chair of the Marine Fisheries Commission.
Mike Blanton of Elizabeth City as a Commercial Fisherman.
Blanton fishes full-time in the Albemarle Sound.
He currently serves as the proxy for the North Carolina Legislative
Appointee to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
Tom Hendrickson of Zebulon and Harkers Island as a member at-large.
Hendrickson is an attorney and businessman who
works in real estate development, commercial real estate investment and
management, including apartments in New Bern and affordable housing in
Charlotte. He also serves on the Global Transpark Authority and was the
Founding Chairman of North State Bank.
“NCFA is pleased that the Governor has made these
appointments and notes that commercial fisherman Mike Blanton is an
NCFA member,” read a statement from the North Carolina Fisheries
Association. “We encourage fishermen to attend the next MFC meeting in
Raleigh August 15 & 16.”