Learn About Mississippi’s Favorite Whiskered Water Dweller At Program

Jason Olive, Northeast Mississippi Fisheries Bureau Project Manager for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, with a 40 pound flathead catfish. The flathead catfish is one of the species grown at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery. – Photo Provided

ENID – August is National Catfish Month so what better time to learn more about Mississippi’s favorite be-whiskered fresh water dweller.

Hooray for the Catfish! will be presented by Jason Olive on Saturday, August 29 at 10 a.m. at the Visitor Education Center of the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery.

Olive is the Northeast Mississippi Fisheries Bureau Project Manager for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

He is based at the District 1 office in Tupelo and covers 16 counties in Northeast Mississippi.

A native of Florence, Ala., Olive attended college at Mississippi State University where he received his Masters Degree in Fisheries Management.

He is Mississippi’s representative on the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society’s Catfish Management Technical Committee, and is currently serving as Chair-Elect of that committee.

He is also serving on the planning committee for the second International Catfish Symposium, which will be held in St. Louis, MO in June 2010.  

Olive has spent a considerable amount of time studying catfish populations in Mississippi and Arkansas.

The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery is located off I-55 at the Enid Exit 233 east. For information contact, Jessie Gurner, Director of the Visitor Education Center, at 662-563-8068. Visit the website at www.mdwfp.com.

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