BP AMERICA DONATES SOLAR POWERED BUGGY TO HONOR L.D.W.F ARTIFICIAL REEF PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Release Date: 07/18/2007

BP America today donated a solar-powered Bad Boy Buggy to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) in honor of Rick Kasprzak, the agencys original Artificial Reef Program Coordinator.


Kasprzak, who passed away on May 27, 2007, was an LDWF 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 invited him to participate in national and international reef forums.  He had been in charge of implementation of the reef program for the state since its inception. 


"Rick has been the Artificial Reef Program and will be sorely missed by all of his coworkers and the fishing public," said LDWF Deputy Assistant Secretary John Roussel. "He certainly set a great program in motion that we intend to carry on for the future."


Kasprzak's careful, tireless and highly successful efforts to make sure that many retired oil and gas platforms would be appropriately sited and available as premier Louisiana offshore fishing destinations will benefit anglers from across the Gulf for generations to come. 


"Rick not only had many years of pro-environmental service to Louisiana, but he was visionary in his administration of the Rigs-to-Reef program," said BP America Government Affairs Director Karl Connor. "He ran a program that addressed the energy industry's problems while maintaining viable offshore ecosystems.  His dedicated service was an environmental win-win for all concerned."



Pictured left from right: Karen Foote, Jim Hanifen, Janice Lansing, Karl Connor, Bryant Hammett, Nicola Montorsi, and John Roussel



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