About Franks and his namesake vessel
The GCRL's Jim Franks
Serves on the Mississippi Wildlife Federation's Board of Directors, the Marine Fisheries Initiative panel, Highly Migratory Species panel, and is the chairman of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute.
The vessel Jim Franks
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Length: 60 feet
Cost: $2 million
Planning: Begun in 2012
Use: Gulf fishing, barrier islands trips, water testing, trawling, long-lining and surveying
Maximum capacity: 40
Special features: Interior and exterior wet labs and a dry laboratory on board
Note: GCRL will hold a commissioning ceremony this summer.