Don Pereira, a 30-year fisheries research and management veteran, has been selected as the new fisheries chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the agency announced Thursday. He will assume that position on Wednesday.
Pereira, a Cottage Grove, Minn. resident, has been the DNR’s fisheries research and policy manager since 2007. In addition to managing the agencies fisheries research functions, he has played a key role in policy and management issues including cormorants at Leech Lake and a number of large-lake management challenges. He has been a leader for improving public engagement and application of social data to fisheries management.
Pereira is a graduate of the University of Vermont and has advanced degrees in fisheries from the University of Minnesota. He is the author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and technical reports. He replaces Dirk Peterson, who retired in October.