Wednesday, March 20, 2019

PA Fish and Boat Commission Visit

EGGS  301 Water Resources Management class: Lea Zarr (EGGS junior), Meghan Corridoni (EGGS junior), Commissioner Eric Hussar, Dr. Hare-Harris, and Kyle Andreacchio (EGGS senior)
Eric Hussar, President of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Commissioner of the Fifth District, came to Bloomsburg University today to speak to students about the commission, what services it offers, and opportunities for employment. During his visit, he spoke to three classes: EGGS 301 Water Resource Management taught by Dr. Trish Beyer, EGGS 315 Geography of Recreation, Tourism, and Sport taught by Dr. John Bodenman, BIO 410 Integrated Invertebrate Zoology taught by Dr. Thom Klinger. He is also attending an informal lunch with any students interested in learning more about the commission.

Commissioner Hussar highlighted a few of the services and projects of the PA Fish and Boat Commission, including stream restoration, endangered animal relocation and license sales. He also encouraged students to investigate internship opportunities with the PA Fish and Boat Commission.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is the state agency responsible for the regulation of all fishing and boating in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Unlike many states, Pennsylvania separates their game commission from their fish commission, which regulates fish, reptiles, and amphibians. Created in 1866, today it manages boat launches, waterways and other properties used for recreational fishing and boating. “The mission of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is: to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth's aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities.” The visit was organized by Dr. Hare-Harris, BAHS assistant professor and Stephen J. Jones Faculty Fellow.

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