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April 28, 2004
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U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE’S MOUNTAIN-PRAIRIE REGION SELECTS FISHERIES PROGRAM MANAGERS OF THE YEAR
Denver, CO – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that Herb Bollig, Hatchery Manager at Gavins Point Dam National Fish Hatchery, Yankton, SD, and Frank Pfeifer, Manager of the Colorado River Fish Project in Vernal, Utah, were selected by their peers as Fisheries Program Managers of the Year for 2003.
Herb Bollig is the Hatchery Manager at the Gavins Point Dam National Fish Hatchery. While continuing his complex sport fish mitigation program involving perch, walleye, paddlefish, crappie, bluegill, and bass, Bollig was recognized for establishing his station and staff as world renowned experts on endangered pallid sturgeon propagation. Bollig and his staff maintain the future pallid sturgeon broodstocks derived from wild adults, and they produce, tag, and release large numbers of yearling pallids into the Missouri River basin to assist in recovery efforts. Aging wild pallids may soon be extinct and the recovery of the pallid sturgeon will depend on flow modifications and habitat restoration and the young fish that Bollig and others in the Missouri River basin are producing for reintroduction into the wild and are maintaining in captivity for future spawning purposes.
Frank Pfeifer has been the Complex Manager of the Vernal Fisheries Office, which combines the Colorado River Fisheries Project and the Ouray National Fish Hatchery, for the past two years. He has done a tremendous job of guiding improvements on all of the infrastructure and fish rearing methods to ensure that the razorback sucker propagation program is contributing to the overall Colorado River Recovery Program. Pfeifer’s leadership on the river studies, habitat restoration, and nonnative fish removal programs has immensely helped the Service and the multi-agency Recovery Program keep the razorback sucker in a "serious but stable" condition.
“Herb and Frank would be the first to recognize that they don’t accomplish anything without their great staffs, but their leadership has been crucial in creating these positive results,” said Mike Stempel, Assistant Regional Director for Fisheries in the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region.
The Mountain-Prairie regional fisheries program initiated an award program in 2002 to recognize employees and their work to conserving fish and wildlife resources. The winners are nominated and selected by their peers. Last years’ award winners were Steve Brimm of the D. C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, South Dakota; Steve Krentz, Missouri River Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance Office, North Dakota; and Dee Dee Runner, Saratoga National Fish Hatchery, Wyoming.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 544 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Management offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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