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May 17, 2004 

Contacts: Barb Perkins 303-236-4588
                  Sharon Rose 303-236-4580 


Denver, CO – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that Patty Covas, Administrative Assistant at Ennis National Fish Hatchery in Ennis, Montana, was named Fisheries Employee of the Year for 2003.   

Covas was recognized by her peers as someone who goes above and beyond the requirement of her job.  The staff relies on her for her in-depth knowledge of computer hardware and software.  She assists hatchery staff in weekly shipment and subsequent tracking of the delivery of over 20 million rainbow trout eggs each year to 78 facilities in thirty states.  Covas continually assists other field stations with administrative duties.   

Tom Pruitt, Hatchery Manager at the Ennis National Fish Hatchery, praised Covas for her positive attitude, and adds, “Patty is the very heart of Ennis National Fish Hatchery, she is the lubrication that makes the hatchery run.  Patty is an outstanding person and employee of the Fish and Wildlife Service.” 

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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