New year brings changes to Fish & Wildlife

01 Jan 2017, 14:42 ( 7 Months ago)

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Juvenile trout are raised in the raceways at the Pequest Trout Hatchery before being stocked into N.J. bodies of water. Photo courtesy of the Daily Record online.

The New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife will start the new year with a reorganization plan and key personnel changes.

Dave Chanda, the division's director for the past 12 years, has agreed to take on a special assignment as a senior policy adviser to Rich Boornazian, assistant commissioner of Natural and Historic Natural and Historic Resources.

Chanda's role will be to identify and develop revenue opportunities to support the operations and research responsibilities of the Division.

"During Dave Chanda's tenure at Fish & Wildlife, he has balanced the division's budget, generated an additional $2.5 million in revenue and increased participation in wildlife-related recreation," Boornazian said.

"He is the perfect person to lead this important effort to help seek additional resources to better conduct out efforts to protect and promote New Jersey's native fish and wildlife species," he added.

Chandais a 36-year veteran of DEP, and under his successful leadership, New Jersey has seen a remarkable recovery of endangered and threatened species including osprey, bald eagles, and peregrine falcons.

He also will  continue his work on a national level as president of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to implement the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel  for sustaining America's Diverse Fish and Wildlife.

A longtime division veteran Larry Herrighty will become acting director of  the division, pending the recommendation of the Fish and Game Council. Herrighty joined DEP in 1980 and has served as assistant director since 2007.

In these roles, Herrighty has helped implement a number of improvements in fish and wildlife issues. He helped develop the Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy and worked with staff to implement liberalized archery hunting regulations to more effectively manage suburban deer populations.

Dave Golden, who is chief of the Land Management Bureau, managing the wildlife management area system will be moving to the position of assistant director for Operations. He began his division's 15-year career with the Endangered and Nongame Species.

Other changes will be made in 2018.

Sports stars outdoors

Two well-known sports stars who hunted for ducks and geese got sports coverage in the South Jersey and Philly areas last week.  Baseball all-star Mike Trout of Millville and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz hunted waterfowl.

Wentz shot a buck with a crossbow in the area in his bye week. Trout, who's also a deer hunter, shared  waterfowl hunting in Millville two weeks ago.

Many reservoirs are low, three among them last week were Clyde Potts  in Mendham Township, Spruce Run and Round Valley.  The North Jersey Water Authority is pumping to Round Valley when the South Branch of the Raritan the flow permits.

Iceberg swimmers who splash on New Year's Day, don't have much ice to break today.  Ice fishermen, who wish they would to have ice to break, have to be patient waiting for deep freeze weather, reports the Daily Record online.

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