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Fort Peck Reservoir Fish and Hatchery Crews receive award


January 6, 2020

Courtesy Montana FIsh, Wildlife and Parks

Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery team member Matt Baxter receives a salmon. Baxter is part of two teams awarded the 2020 Outstanding Public Service and Sport Fish Project - Team of the Year Award.

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks has announced that the Region 6 Fort Peck Reservoir Fisheries Management team of Heath Headley, Jeff Remus and Bill Viste, in tandem with the Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery team of Wade Geraets, Ryan Lott, Matt Baxter and B.J. Erickson have received the 2020 "Outstanding Public Service and Sport Fish Project - Team of the Year Award" for their service to the sportsmen and women of Montana.

Region 6 Fisheries Manager Steve Dalbey said the group "has demonstrated a can-do attitude over the past several years."

Bill Viste and a northern pike

The two crews are independent teams, as the fisheries management crew is part of Region 6 management, whereas the hatchery crew is managed out of Helena. However, both of these crews are working towards a common goal: to produce the highest quality fishery in Fort Peck Reservoir.

"They are the staff out there in all types of weather and at all hours of the day to produce walleye and chinook salmon eggs for the state of Montana and beyond," added Dalbey.  "They have consistently exceeded expectations collecting and raising record numbers of walleye and chinook eggs for stocking back into Fort Peck Reservoir and other waters across Montana. The coordination between these two teams deserves this special acknowledgment."


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