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Fish & Boat Commission Recognizes Co-Op Nurseries for Years of Service

July 13, 2010

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Cooperative nurseries add more than 1 million fish to Commonwealth waterways annually, supplementing the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) trout stocking program and increasing fishing opportunities in local communities. During an evening program Monday, the PFBC recognized these efforts by presenting appreciation awards to 15 clubs for service of 50 or more years.

“Cooperative nurseries are a critical component in the Commission’s stocking program,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “These volunteer organizations spend countless hours raising millions of fish and then stocking them so families in their communities have plenty of places to fish.”

Since 1932, the PFBC through the Cooperative Nursery Program has been partnering with groups such as sportsmen’s clubs to supplement the Commission’s stocking program. There are currently 168 cooperative nurseries in Pennsylvania operated by volunteers. In 2009, co-ops raised and stocked more than 1 million fish.

A complete list of co-op nurseries receiving awards appears below.

During today’s formal Commission meeting, Executive Director Arway presented awards to two commissioners. Commissioner Thomas C. Shetterly was recognized for his outstanding leadership and dedication while serving as President of the PFBC from July 14, 2009, to July 13, 2010. Commissioner Richard W. Czop was recognized for his steadfast leadership and dedication while serving as Commissioner from 2002 to 2010.

Also, Mr. Arway and Commissioners congratulated Waterways Conservation Officer (WCO) Scott Christman for being named the 2009 Officer of the Year by the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association. WCO Christman was recognized for his outstanding contribution to fish and wildlife law enforcement and protection of our country’s natural resources. Christman represents the Commission’s NE Region in southern Carbon County and southwestern Monroe County.

In addition, the Bureau of Law Enforcement was recognized by the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves as a patriotic employer for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserves. The Commission has several officers actively serving in the National Guard and Reserves.

A complete copy of the meeting schedule and the full agenda for the meeting can be found on the Commission’s web site at www.fishandboat.com/minutes.htm. The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities.


                 2010 Cooperative Nursery 50 & 75-Year Award Certificates
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    50 Year Award Certificate:
    Sponsor Organization                      Date Established
    --------------------                      ----------------
    Bald Eagle Sportsmen Club                                             1956
    The Bald Eagle Sportsmen Club, located in Blair County, has been in
     the program for 54 years and annually raises 50,000 trout which
     they stock into 30 local waters in several counties. The current
     president and nursery manager is Tim Cristine.
    Eldred Conservation Club                                              1956
    The Eldred Conservation Club, located in McKean County, has been in
     the program for 54 years and annually raises 4,050 trout which
     they stock into three local waters. The current president is Orton
     Mayard and the nursery manager is Robert Cummings Jr.
    Heath Township Sportsmen Club                                         1955
    The Heath Township Sportsmen Club, located in Jefferson County, has
     been in the program for 55 years and annually raises 8,585 trout
     which they stock into five local waters. The current president is
     Donald E. Pisarchick Sr. and the nursery manager is Larry Aharrah.
    Hi La Sportsmen Association                                           1952
    The Hi La Sportsmen Association, located in Elk County, has been in
     the program for 58 years and annually raises 4,050 trout which
     they stock into two local waters. The current president and
     nursery manager is Emil Zuzek.
    Jenner Community Sportsmen                                            1957
    The Jenner Community Sportsmen, located in Somerset County, has
     been in the program for 53 years and annually raises 3,500 trout
     which they stock into three local waters. The current president is
     Scott Mitchell and the nursery manager is Doug Ashbrook.
    Lititz Sportsmen Association                                          1956
    The Lititz Sportsmen Association, located in Lancaster County, has
     been in the program for 54 years and annually raises 14,140 trout
     which they stock into 12 local waters. The current president is
     Phil McCloud and the nursery manager is Ronald Williams.
    Millcreek Rod & Gun Club  1951
    The Millcreek Rod & Gun Club, located in Lebanon County, has been
     in the program for 59 years and annually raises 9,600 trout which
     they stock into two local waters. The current president is Carl
     Gordon and the nursery manager is Scott Adams.
    Mohnton Fish & Game
     Association                                                          1956
    The Mohnton Fish & Game Association, located in Berks County, has
     been in the program for 54 years and annually raises 4,050 trout
     which they stock into three local waters. The current president is
     Brian Keyser and the nursery manager is Larry Geiss.
    Norwich Township Sportsmen
     Association                                                          1959
    The Norwich Township Sportsmen Association, located in Mckean
     County, has been in the program for 51 years and annually raises
     5,050 trout which they stock into six local waters. The current
     president is Brian Lathrop and the nursery manager is Paul
     Lathrop.
    Potter County Anglers Club                                            1960
    The Potter County Anglers Club, located in Potter County, has been
     in the program for 50 years and has traditionally raised more than
     30,000 trout annually, which they stock into 34 local waters. The
     current president is John Harmon and the nursery manager is Mark
     Lawyer.
    Queen City Trout Rearing
     Committee                                                            1951
    The Queen City Trout Rearing Committee, located in Lehigh County,
     has been in the program for 59 years and annually raises 25,750
     trout which they stock into four local waters. The current
     president is Harry Monk and the nursery manager is Michael
     Gilbert.
    Saint Marys Sportsmen Club                                            1959
    The Saint Marys Sportsmen Club, located in Elk County, has been in
     the program for 51 years and annually raises 4,600 trout which
     they stock into four local waters. The current president is Ed
     Miller and the nursery manager is John Dippold.
    Springside Sportsmen Club                                             1955
    The Springside Sportsmen Club, located in Lehigh County, has been
     in the program for 55 years and annually raises 3,030 trout which
     they stock into one local water. The current president and nursery
     manager is Lorne Palansky.
    Western Clinton Sportsmen's
     Association                                                          1951
    The Western Clinton Sportsmen's Association, located in Clinton
     County, has been in the program for 59 years and annually raises
     13,130 trout which they stock into eight local waters. The current
     president is Ray Wertz and the nursery manager is Gene Lavelle.


    75 Year Award Certificate:
    Windber Sportsmen Association                                       1932
    The Windber Sportsmen Association, located in Somerset County, has
     been in the program for 78 years. They were one of the original
     sponsor members when the Cooperative Nursery Program was
     administered by the U. S. Bureau of Fisheries. The PFBC took over
     the program in 1965. They annually raise 16,160 trout which they
     stock into six local waters. The current president is Jerry Berkey
     and the nursery manager is Stanley Custer.

CONTACT: Eric Levis of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, +1-717-705-7806, elevis@state.pa.us

SOURCE Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission


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