David Tannehill, a fisheries technician with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, recently was recognized by the Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society as “Fishery Worker of the Year.”
“David is a model team player, always bringing his best to whatever task he sets out to do,” said Steve Schleiger, fisheries region supervisor. “Everyone knows they can count on him to provide input or assist with any duty, whether it is in the field, at the office or elsewhere.”
The mission of the American Fisheries Society is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. This award is presented to individuals in recognition of efforts that have made a significant impact on fisheries research or management in Georgia during the past year.
David Tannehill began his career at the Wildlife Resources Division with the Stream Team Unit. After a stint out of state, he returned and became a Fisheries Technician III working out of the Fort Valley office. One of his main projects over the past four years involved spearheading a habitat improvement grant project on Lake Sinclair, which included building holding pools to raise aquatic plants, which were routinely and strategically planted at Sinclair during the growing season, building and installing fish attractors, and maintaining GPS coordinates and accurate records. He is a team player willing to help out on any duty from grounds maintenance, to prescribed fire burnings, to working at kids fishing events and helping other Regions with mitigation monitoring.
For more information on the “Fishery Worker of the Year” award, visit the Georgia Chapter American Fisheries Society website at www.gaafs.org. For more information on fishing in Georgia, visit www.gofishgeorgia.com/fishing.