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MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Wins Prestigious Award

Monday, October 24, 2016

MDWFP's Dennis 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 fisheries regulations.

"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 development."

SEAFWA is comprised of fish and wildlife agencies from 15 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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