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For Immediate Release

September 29, 2003

McNeish Named Fisheries Research And Management Supervisor

AUGUSTA, Maine - J. Dennis McNeish of Winthrop, a fisheries biologist for over thirty years, and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's current fishery resource planner, was promoted to the Department's Fisheries Research and Management Supervisor earlier this week.

In his new role, McNeish will be responsible for supervising Maine's statewide fisheries research and management program, as well as lead the regional fisheries management propgrams and the fisheries research unit.

"Dennis brings a depth of knowledge as well as a working relationship with our regional biologists and the public that will be invaluable in getting the most of this position," said Peter Bourque, Director of Fisheries Program Development for IFW.

In his job as fisheries resource planner, McNeish took the lead in working with the public, the department and business interests to develop population goals and objectives for the next fifteen years for Maine's coldwater, warmwater and baitfish species.

McNeish also coordinated the planning production and assisting in the anlysis and reporting of two statewide surveys of anglers in 1999 that were instrumental in revising the department's strategic plan for fisheries.

McNeish began his career as an assistant regional biologist in the Moosehead Region, and later became the head regional fisheries in the Downeast Region of the state. He later became the Regional biologist for the Belgrade Lakes area, a position he held until he became the state's fishery research planner in 1998. During that same time, McNeish authored the state's first bass management plan and was instrumental in pioneering bass management in Maine.

"As a regional biologist, Dennis knows the rewards and challenges that can appear at the local level, and through his work as a planner, he has shown the ability to work with diverse groups and interests in order to reach a goal. That type of experience is invaluable," said Bourque.

McNeish received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Clarion University in Pennsylvania, and a Masters of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Maine in Orono.

McNeish is a member of the American Fisheries Society, a Certified Fisheries Biologist and past president of the Atlantic International Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

The position McNeish fills had been vacant since Ken Warner retired in July of 2002. He will be working under John Boland, Director of Fisheries Operations. -30-




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