MEDIA ADVISORY - BP AMERICA DONATING VEHICLE TO L.D.W.F. IN HONOR OF ARTIFICIAL REEF PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Release Date: 07/15/2007

EVENT: BP America (BP) will donate a solar powered Bad Boy Buggy to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  Photo opportunities with representatives from BP and LDWF next to the buggy will be available.


WHEN: Wednesday, July 18 at 10:30 a.m.


WHERE: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge.


BACKGROUND:


BP is donating the vehicle to LDWF in honor of the department's original Artificial Reef Program Coordinator, Rick Kasprzak, who passed away May 27, 2007.


Kasprzak was an expert fish biologist specializing in reef fisheries and artificial reef development.   Groups from around the world sought his input and guidance on artificial reef issues and he was invited to participate in numerous national and international reef forums. Kasprzak had been in charge of implementation of the reef program for the state since its inception.  Under his guidance, the program accepted over 150 obsolete oil and gas platforms for the benefit of saltwater anglers.


For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.louisiana.gov.
2007-MA11