Volume 3 2013

Jeremy Jones

Program and People News

Jeremy Jones on the Tournament Circuit

The 2013 fishing tournament season is beginning to wind down, but major events are still occurring in states across the Midwest. Delivering the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!TM message to tournament organizers and thousands of anglers is a complicated task. Wisconsin Sea Grant made it slightly easier by adding Jeremy Jones to its aquatic invasive species outreach team this past summer.

Jeremy Jones, a 33-year-old graduate student currently pursuing a degree in water resources management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, will spend next summer working part-time as an outreach specialist as well. He’s joined a team that already includes Phil Moy, Wisconsin Sea Grant’s assistant director for research, and Tim Campbell, Wisconsin Sea Grant’s aquatic invasive species specialist. 

Jones, who hails from Michigan, has a background that’s prepared him well for the job. He spent a decade as a program manager with the Seattle-based EarthCorps, disseminating information about invasive plants and insect species to local landowners and the public.

“In working with anglers, the trick is to not get in the way of fishing,” said Jones. “Really, it’s about the resources. Once fishermen understand that their actions can have a big impact on fish populations, they’re usually willing to listen and act.”

Jones holds anthropology and zoology degrees from the University of Michigan. He enjoyed the 2013 summer travelling across the state, visiting Wisconsin’s lakes and interacting with anglers.

“The tournament organizers, they get it,” Jones said. “They know that education’s a key way to stop invasive species, and now they’re thinking about the best ways to communicate it.”

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