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Last Updated: 9/30/10

Rick Castell
Rick Castell, August 2010 Employee of the Month

Name:

Rick Castell

Position:

Fisheries Manager for Northwest Area Operations

Area of Responsibility

Northwestern New Mexico

Education:

B.S. New Mexico State University, Spring 1994

Length of Service:

17 years in November

Specialty or Interest:

Hunting and fishing -- of course. Also scuba diving, running and functional strength type exercise, learning and teaching defensive tactics for our officers, and mixed martial arts (MMA).

Current Projects/Assignments:

I've recently been AIS Level 2 certified, and my duties have accordingly expanded into decontamination of AIS infected watercraft. Tiger muskie monitoring and management is still toward the top of my projects list. Also, we've just completed a year-long creel survey at Tingley Beach to assess our stocking schedule versus angler presure and demand.

Best Thing About the Job:

The ability to work outside the office much (although my colleagues would argue, all) of the time.

Most Common Question People Have:

When will you be stocking Tingley Beach with trout.

Answer:

November through March according to the schedule (although we often start as early as late September or early October).

Contact Information:

(505) 222-4715, rick.castell@state.nm.us

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