The chairman of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission, Paul Rose of Moyock, passed away on Wednesday of an apparent heart attack at age 52.

Rose was a commercial crabber, pound-netter and fish dealer who ran Paul Rose Seafood.

 “He was very proud of his service as the chairman of the commission, and he took the job very seriously,” said Louis Daniel, director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. “He respected the division and defended it on decisions that were made. He was fair; he was prepared; he was well-respected and he will be greatly missed by division staff.”

Rose was appointed to the commission July 30, 2013, by Gov. Pat McCrory. Before his appointment, he served on several fisheries advisory committees, including the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee.

Commission vice-chairman Anna Beckwith will serve as chairman until the governor appoints a replacement.