Please save the date for the Southwest Florida Artificial Reef Manager’s Workshop. This meeting will bring together about fifty artificial reef managers, scientists and others interested in artificial reefs to discuss new research, statewide initiatives and regional updates for Florida’s Southwest region. This one-day workshop will be held at the Manatee County Extension Office in Palmetto, FL. Stay tuned for registration information and the draft agenda.
For more information, please contact Angela Collins, email@example.com or (941) 722-4524 ext. 1826.
Welcome two New FWC Artificial Reef Program Fishery Biologists: Jeff Renchen and Devin Resko
For those who have not already met our newest FWC Artificial Reef Program biologists, please welcome Jeff Renchen and Devin Resko who joined the FWC artificial reef team in Tallahassee, FL last May and June, respectively.
Jeff Renchen comes to us by way of the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, South Florida Regional Lab in Marathon. During his five years with the Marathon Lab, Jeff worked on a number of reef fish research projects, including managing the Reef Visual Census program monitoring reef fish populations throughout the Florida Keys. Jeff has been a key contributor providing data analysis and developing explanations of the results for FWC presentations at workshops and Commission meetings, such as the recent management update on the Dry Tortugas National Park Research Natural Area. Jeff is an experienced AAUS technical SCUBA diver, with over 1,000 logged science dives from shallow water to depths of 150 ft. off Florida and the Caribbean.
Jeff is originally from Fort Thomas, Kentucky, earned his B.S. in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University in 2009, and M.S. in Marine and Environmental Science from the University of the Virgin Islands in 2012.
Jeff’s work with the FWC Artificial Reef Program includes managing state and federally funded artificial reef construction and monitoring grants, providing technical assistance to Florida’s coastal counties on artificial reef planning and development, incorporating current science and fisheries management objectives as a component of artificial reef planning, conducting dive assessments, tracking artificial reef deployments, and other artificial reef related duties.
Devin Resko comes to us by way of the University of Guam Marine Laboratory where he completed his masters assessing differences in targeted fish species between MPAs and non-restricted waters on Guam. Devin’s background also includes Florida marine fish and habitat, in the St. Johns River and nearshore hardbottom of Palm Beach County during his undergraduate studies. Devin is an avid AAUS scientific diver, with over 230 dives in Guam, Florida and throughout the Indo-Pacific.
Devin is originally from Wichita, KS, earned his B.S. in Marine Science and Geography from Jacksonville University in 2014, and M.S. in Biology from the University of Guam in December 2017.
Devin’s work with the FWC Artificial Reef Program includes managing artificial reef construction grant agreements and conducting monitoring and assessment of the NRDA artificial reefs under construction off northwest Florida.
We look forward to continuing to introduce Jeff and Devin to everyone, and to their future contributions towards Florida’s Artificial Reef planning, development and management.
Jeff Renchen can be reached by office phone 850-617-9634 and email Jeffrey.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Devin Resko can be reached by phone 850-688-6536 and email Devin.Resko@myfwc.com.