MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Wins Prestigious AwardMonday, October 24, 2016
Riecke (left) recieves Fisheries Biologist of the Year award from
SEAFWA President Gordon Myers
JACKSON - Dennis Riecke, a fisheries
biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries,
and Parks (MDWFP) has been named Fisheries Biologist of the Year by
the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
(SEAFWA). Riecke was presented the award at the Association's 69th
annual meeting in Baton Rouge.
Riecke currently serves as the
Fisheries Bureau's Environmental Coordinator, representing MDWFP on
the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality permit board.
Other Fisheries Bureau programs that he coordinates include
technical guidance, commercial fisheries, and community fishing
assistance. He is also an expert in issues related to public water
access, aquatic nuisance species, and instream flow. Additionally,
he is also highly involved in drafting or revising state laws and
"For nearly 30
years, Dennis Riecke has demonstrated a strong understanding of the
three ingredients for successful fisheries management: fish, people
and habitat," SEAFWA President Gordon Myers said. "His
contributions to fisheries conservation, though delivered in
Mississippi, have rippled across the country."
"I can't think of a more
demonstrable commitment to controlling the spread of aquatic
nuisance species in Mississippi than Dennis' involvement in
establishing the first Asian Carp processing plant in the state,"
said MDWFP Executive Director Sam Polles. "Furthermore, he
contributed to the development of our state management plan for
aquatic invasive species, a plan that was 10 years in
SEAFWA is comprised of fish and
wildlife agencies from 15 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin