By Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is taking a new job - head of fisheries in the Northwest for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

In the new job, Roy Elicker will oversee programs that include salmon restoration efforts, 15 fish hatcheries, and the service’s largest fish technology center. He’s to start in October.

Elicker has been the director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife since 2007 and was deputy director for six years before that.

Robyn Thorson, regional director of the federal agency, says this is a critical time for fisheries conservation and choosing Elicker reflects their commitment to working with state agencies.

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