Release Date: 05/29/2007

Richard Kasprzak, long time coordinator of the Louisiana Artificial Reef Program for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, passed away May 27, 2007.

He was an expert fish biologist that specialized in reef fisheries and artificial reef development.   Groups from around the world sought his input and guidance on artificial reef issues and he was invited to participate in many national and international reef forums.   He had been in charge of implementation of the reef program for the state since its inception.  Under his guidance, the program accepted over 150 obsolete oil and gas platforms for the benefit of saltwater anglers.

"Rick has been the Artificial Reef Program here.  He will be sorely missed by all of his coworkers and the fishing public.  He certainly set a great program in motion that we intend to carry on for the future," said LDWF Deputy Assistant Secretary John Roussel.

Visitation is scheduled for noon on Friday, June 1,  followed by memorial services at 1 p.m., both at Rabenhorst East Funeral Home, 11000 Florida Blvd.,  Baton Rouge.

For more information, contact Karen Foote at 225-765-2384 or kfoote@wlf.louisiana.gov.