Three fisheries personnel with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recently were recognized by the Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, with two of them tying for “Fishery Worker of the Year.”
Craig Robbins and Chris Looney both will share the honor of “Fishery Worker of the Year,” and Jimmy Miller received a certificate of recognition from AFS.
The mission of the American Fisheries Society is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. This award is presented to individuals in recognition of efforts that have made a significant impact on fisheries research or management in Georgia during the past year.
Following is a brief list of annual accomplishments from each individual:
- Craig Robbins: Lead technician on Alabama shad research and anadromous fish passage project; training current hatchery manager at Dawson Hatchery and overseeing successful hybrid production season; upkeep and maintenance of Region shop and equipment; lead contact for all region kids fishing event sponsors.
- Chris Looney: In charge of standardized sampling on lakes he manages; oversaw completion of the Mossy Creek boating access area on the Chattahoochee River; helped design and implement new striped bass research and monitoring protocols at Lake Lanier; presents ongoing research and information to citizen groups; serves on the agency Search and Rescue Team.
- Jimmy Miller: Single-handedly managed Ocmulgee Public Fishing Area and assumed full-time lake manager role of Hugh Gillis PFA upon retirement of former manager; organizing and conducting kids fishing events at Ocmulgee PFA and Hugh Gillis PFA; assisting staff with sampling efforts on both PFAs; assisting state and private engineering staff with monitoring, investigating and sampling of compromised lake bottom at Ocmulgee PFA.
For more information on the “Fishery Worker of the Year” award, visit the Georgia Chapter American Fisheries Society website at www.gaafs.org . For more information on fishing in Georgia, visit www.gofishgeorgia.com/fishing .