Rudy Lukacovic

About the Author

Rudy Lukacovic is a fishery biologist who joined the Department of Natural Resources in 1973. He initially was responsible for investigating fish kills state-wide in both tidal and non-tidal waters of Maryland. The project expanded during the 1980's to include cooperative studies on many aspects of fish health research with the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins and Maryland's Departments of Agriculture and Environment. He moved to the Biological Monitoring and Analysis Program in 1996. The current focus of his work deals with issues of by-catch mortality, specifically with recreational catch-and-release fisheries. Since 1996, studies evaluating the mortality associated with catch-and-release fishing have been conducted with hickory shad in Deer Creek, American shad below Conowingo Dam, summer flounder in ocean-side bays, white perch on their spawning run and striped bass in several different recreational fisheries, including the Susquehanna Flats. Rudy graduated from North Carolina State University in 1972 with a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology and a minor in Fisheries Science. His personal hobbies include hunting, fishing, running and gardening. He currently lives on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

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