Bill Hosking ( right ) was employed by Auburn University Extension Service in 1977 as a marine resources economist working out of the Mobile office. Bill became coordinator
of the marine resources extension and research program and the Alabama Sea Grant program in 1981. He was granted tenure and promoted to full professor
within the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures in 1988. Bill continued to provide economic assistance to Alabama commercial seafood
processors and commercial and recreational fishers. He retired in 1999 after 21 years of service to the Alabama University Extension Service. He was awarded
Professor Emeritus status at retirement. Rick ( left ) began is career within the department as a research associate in 1982. He became an extension marine specialist with the alabama cooperative extension system in 1983 and was selected to serve as director of the auburn university marine extension and research center in mobile in 1999 after Bill retired. He remained director of AMERC until his retirement in 2008. He served the university and the citizens of coastal alabama by conducting outreach and research activities on shrimp, fish and shellfish in support of the seafood industry along with his administrative duties.