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DEEP names new Chief of Natural Resources

Rick Jacobson has been chosen as the next Bureau Chief for Natural Resources at DEEP. Rick takes over for Bill Hyatt, who retired in October.

Rick brings 37 years of natural resources management experience to the role of Bureau Chief. His entire professional career has been in public service and conservation. As the Director of Wildlife, and former Assistant Director of Inland Fisheries at DEEP, he has experience in the application of management principles in inland and marine fisheries, forestry, and wildlife conservation. Rick has a strong foundation in strategic planning, and leading scientific and professional staff.

He has a long track record of collaborating successfully with partners locally, regionally and nationally on complex natural resource conservation challenges. For example, he has played a key role in implementing the NE Cottontail initiative with five of the six New England states and New York, working closely with the federal government conservation agencies, academics, and DEEP staff to create explicit measurable objectives for the restoration of NE Cottontail.

He will officially assume this new role beginning January 4, 2019. The DEEP plans to post the Director of Wildlife position as soon as necessary approvals are obtained.

Where do your license fees go?

Those who plan to fish TMAs while special regulation areas are the only water open to fishing will need a 2017 license. Click here to purchase directly from the state.

Bill Hyatt, director of the Bureau of Natural Resources, and Peter Aarrestad, director of Fisheries after the Inland and Marine divisions were merged, recently visited the Connecticut Council of Trout Unlimited with an update on the finances of fishing in Connecticut. Click here to watch an edited version as broadcast on Yankee Fisherman on the HAN Network. Click here to watch an unedited version of the hour-long presentation.

In addition to clearing up a common myth about license fees (they are not being “raided” by the state), topics include:

Budget cuts;

Steps taken to provide services with less;

Where does the money that supports DEEP programs comes from?

How many anglers are buying fishing licenses?

Will anglers soon need to buy trout and salmon stamps?

What is the status of regulation changes affecting the Mill River in Fairfield?