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New commercial fisheries chief named

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011

JUNEAU — State Fish & Game Commissioner Cora Campbell today announced the appointment of Jeff Regnart as director of the Division of Commercial Fisheries. Regnart started yesterday. He had been regional supervisor with the Division of Commercial Fisheries, Central Region.

“Jeff comes to this position with outstanding qualifications,” said Campbell. “He combines a wealth of knowledge and experience, from commercial fishing and sportfish guiding while attending college in the 80’s to recently overseeing some of the most complex and competitive fisheries in the state,” she said.

During his career, Regnart has held diverse and increasingly complex positions within the department, in addition to serving on numerous fisheries panels and forums. In his recent position as regional supervisor for the central region, he was responsible for program administration and supervision of all management and research activities including those for Bristol Bay, Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound. Before being appointed regional supervisor in 2003, Regnart worked his way up from a Biologist I in 1990 to Biologist IV in 1998. He started his career with the department as a fish and wildlife technician in 1984.

“I’m humbled and honored to be appointed director and look forward to working with commercial fisheries staff and department leadership to carry out our mission,” said Regnart.

Regnart attained a BS in biology from Western Washington University and attended Humboldt State University in Northern California, where he completed his MS in fishery management.

The Division of Commercial Fisheries manages commercial, subsistence, and personal use fisheries. The division’s core services include stock assessment and applied research, harvest management, aquaculture permitting, and information services and statistics.



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