Department of Fish and Wildlife
Gassett To Head Southeastern Association Of Fish And Wildlife Agencies
Dr. Jonathan Gassett, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, was recently elected president of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) for the 2010-2011 year. The organization took the action at its Spring Directors’ Meeting on May 14-16, which was hosted by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife in Lexington.
SEAFWA consists of the agencies with the primary responsibility for management and protection of fish and wildlife resources in 15 states and two territories. Among the organization’s responsibilities is to serve as a clearinghouse for the exchange of ideas concerning wildlife and fisheries management, research techniques, wildlife law enforcement, hunting, outdoor safety, and information and education programs.
“Election as President of SEAFWA is a reflection of the esteem in which Commissioner Gassett is held by his peers in the other 14 southeastern states,” said Bob Brantley, SEAFWA executive secretary. “It also speaks to their high regard for the leadership the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources provides in fish and wildlife conservation and management.”
Gassett, commissioner since 2005, served SEAFWA as its vice president for the past year. He succeeded outgoing president Scott Henderson, director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
SEAFWA members include fish and wildlife agencies in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.