TWRA Leaders Recognized for Achievements

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David Roddy (with plaque) has been named the TWRA Fisheries Biologist of the Year. He is pictured (l-r) with Fisheries Assistant Chief Jason Henegar, TWRA Ex. Director Ed Carter, Fisheries Chief Frank Fiss, and TFWC Chair Jeff Cook. (TWRA Photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two leaders of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency have been recognized for high honors recently.

Ed Carter, Executive Director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, has been elected to serve as the 2018-19 president of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). AFWA represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest.

Carter began his career in 1972 and has held positions in the divisions of Law Enforcement, Information and Education, and as TWRA Region II assistant manager. He became TWRA’s first Chief of the Boating Division when the division was formed in 1990. He was appointed TWRA’s executive director in 2009.

“Ed Carter has been a true champion of wildlife and conservation for more than 46 years,” said Kurt Holbert, Vice Chair of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission. “I have no doubt that he will continue to make Tennessee proud by leading the advancement of those interests on a national scale.”

Also, David Roddy is being honored as the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Fisheries Division’s biologist of the year.

Roddy serves the agency as the Statewide Hatchery Coordinator and Aquatic Nuisance Species Coordinator. Roddy joined the TWRA in 1987 as a wildlife aide with the Region II Reservoir Management crew. He was promoted to manage the Springfield Fish Hatchery where for the next 23 years until 2012 when he was promoted to his current position. He manages all production plans and prepares the annual hatchery reports.

Among his accomplishments, Roddy coordinated TWRA’s first intensive Florida largemouth propagation effort at Humboldt Hatchery, He has since written a manual about Florida largemouth bass production. In only its second year of operation the Humboldt Hatchery is nearing full production with the capacity to produce about one million fingerling bass.

Roddy said, “I was a hatchery manager for almost 25 years and I think this (program) is the most rewarding because you’re actually giving something back and you can really see the results. Like that state record [largemouth bass] from Chickamauga – that’s our our ultimate end product.”

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