Martin appointed to conservation advisory board
PELL CITY — Gov. Robert Bentley recently appointed a local man to a state conservation advisory board.

Jeff Martin, 45, of Pell City was appointed to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Board.

Martin, an avid fisherman who grew up in Pell City, said Wednesday he would complete the unexpired term of former District 3 member Grant Lynch of Talladega. That term expires May 9, but Martin hopes the governor will reappoint him for a complete six-year term in May.

The Conservation Advisory Board was created by statute and is composed of 10 members appointed by the governor for alternating terms of six years. There are three ex-officio members in the persons of the governor, the commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, and the director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources serves as the ex-officio secretary of the board.

“I like to have the opportunity to be involved in the decision making process about the (state conservation) laws,” Martin said. “I think I can help make positive changes, especially in the outdoor sport of fishing.”

Martin said he was contacted by Dan Moultrie of Verbena, who serves as chairman of the Conservation Advisory Board.

“He asked me if I would consider serving on the board,” Martin said. “I told him I would.”

He said he knew Moultrie through the state’s One Shot Turkey Hunt program, which would invite out-of-state industrial and business owners and representatives to Alabama for a turkey hunt in an effort to recruit new businesses and industries to the state.

He said N. Gunter Guy interviewed him before the governor officially appointed him to the board.

Martin brings knowledge of fresh water fishing. He owns a fishing line company, Vicious Fishing.

“We produce all types of fishing lines,” he said.

He has been in the fishing line business since 2005.

“We started out as Mosey Oak Fishing Line, but switched over and created the brand Vicious,” Martin said. “Our plant is in Dora, south of Jasper.”

He said the company also licenses the sale of sunglasses, apparel, fishing lures and other fishing accessories under the company’s trademark name.

Martin said although he hunts, his expertise is fishing.

“Nobody on the board comes from that world,” he said. “I’m not saying they don’t fish.”

Martin, who attended the University of Alabama, has been married to his wife, Shelly, for 14 years. The couple have two sons, Miles, 9, and Reed, 7.

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