(a) The commissioner shall appoint a shrimp advisory committee to assist the commissioner
in implementing the program established under this chapter and in the expenditure
of funds appropriated for the purpose of this chapter.
(b) The advisory committee shall be composed of the following nine members:
(1) two owners of commercial bay shrimp boats;
(2) two owners of commercial gulf shrimp boats;
(3) one retail wild-caught shrimp dealer;
(4) one wholesale wild-caught shrimp dealer;
(5) one person employed by an institution of higher education as a researcher or instructor
specializing in the area of food science, particularly seafood;
(6) one member of the seafood restaurant industry; and
(7) one representative of the public.
(c) The members of the advisory committee serve without compensation but may be reimbursed
for expenses incurred in the direct performance of their duties on approval by the
(d) An advisory committee member serves a three-year term, with the terms of three
or four members expiring August 31 of each year. The commissioner may reappoint a member to the advisory committee.
(e) The members of the advisory committee shall elect a presiding officer from among
the members and shall adopt rules governing the operation of the committee. The rules shall specify that five members of the advisory committee constitute a
quorum sufficient to conduct the meetings and business of the committee.
(f) The advisory committee shall meet as necessary, but not less frequently than once
each calendar year, to provide guidance to the commissioner in establishing and implementing
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