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WOLFF APPOINTS AQUACULTURE COORDINATOR

 WOLFF APPOINTS AQUACULTURE COORDINATOR
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- State Agriculture Secretary


Boyd E. Wolff today appointed Leo Dunn of Genessee, Potter County, as the Department of Agriculture's aquaculture coordinator.
 Dunn, 27, who works in the department's Bureau of Agricultural Development, will be responsible for providing support to producers of farm-raised fish.
 "A reliable supply of fresh fish can be farm raised in Pennsylvania," Wolff said. "We have the resources to produce the highest quality fish and we enjoy a strategic market location that will help us develop this important new segment of Pennsylvania's leading industry.
 "The appointment of a coordinator fulfills a need that was identified by industry leaders during a special two-day aquaculture summit held earlier this year."
 Representatives from aquaculture, government and academia met in May to outline objectives for aquaculture development within Pennsylvania. During that session, it was agreed that the Department of Agriculture should be the lead agency for aquaculture programs.
 Wolff has pledged to support this industry.
 "Pennsylvania entrepreneurs have gotten into aquaculture on the ground floor," Wolff said. "Our people have been innovators in this exciting new field and I want to make sure we maintain our leadership role."
 Pennsylvania ranks fourth nationally in trout production. In 1990, Pennsylvania fish producers raised 1.7 million pounds of trout worth $4.16 million.
 Dunn is a Potter County native who was raised on a dairy farm. A Pennsylvania State University graduate, he previously worked as a rural bank manager and director of the Department of Agriculture's farm operations and research programs. Dunn also worked as a policy analyst for the department.
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