OLYMPIA - A fish biologist with a 27-year career in Columbia River fisheries management and policy has been named to head the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) Southwest Washington regional office in Vancouver.

Guy Norman, the new regional director, represented WDFW at a joint federal, state and tribal conference on lamprey protection issues Oct. 20 in Portland, and will assume his duties at the regional headquarters beginning Nov. 1. He replaces Lee Van Tussenbrook, who retired earlier this year.

"With the scope and complexity of natural-resource concerns facing this region, we are fortunate to have a regional director with Guy's breadth of experience in Columbia River issues," said WDFW Executive Director Jeff Koenings. "I'm confident that his knowledge of the region and its issues, combined with his working relationships with fish and wildlife managers in both Washington and Oregon, will ensure regional fish and wildlife interests will be optimally served.

"With all the critical issues before us - from implementing the sub-basin plans of the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Council, to the fish management and production negotiations in U.S. versus Oregon, to addressing the proposed federal listing of lower Columbia River coho - I felt a regional director fully versed in these areas, as Guy Norman is, would be able to hit the ground running," Koenings said.

Norman, who is employed with a private fisheries consulting firm, previously served as WDFW regional fish program manager and Columbia River policy lead. He has extensive experience in both recreational and commercial fisheries management, and has also played a key role in fish-conservation issues related to Endangered Species Act protection listings.

Norman began his career as a scientific technician with WDFW in 1977. After leaving WDFW in 1999, Norman worked for several years as inter-jurisdictional fisheries program director with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Since 2002, Norman has been employed as senior fisheries consultant with S. P. Cramer and Associates of Gresham, Ore., where his work focused on development of lower Columbia River fish recovery and lower Columbia sub-basin plans for the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board, and development of a fish management plan for the Lewis River basin, as part of a hydropower system re-licensing process.

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