Got Fish? A day in the life of a Fishery Biologist - View the video

Stewart Cogswell

Stewart Cogswell
Fishery Biologist
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

2661 Scott Tower Drive
New Franken, WI 54229


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Stewart Cogswell is a fishery biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, stationed at the Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in New Franken, Wisconsin. He holds a B.S. degree in zoology from Northern Michigan University and has over 19 years of experience working in the fisheries field. Stewart's main job duties involve implementing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Fish Passage Program within the Lake Michigan Basin, providing management assistance to Tribes located in Northeast Wisconsin, implementing and designing restoration projects throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan and assisting local programs with outreach efforts. He also is working on regional and national habitat restoration prioritization methods to assist biologists with optimization of instream restoration efforts. During time away from work, Stewart enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, fishing, hunting, exploring wilderness areas, fixing horse fences for his wife and trying to keep his garden free of weeds.

Fish are an important part of our ecosystems and can be an indicator of environmental health. This session will involve an energetic discussion on basic fish biology and the need for properly functioning aquatic systems. Based out of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife office near Green Bay, Stewart Cogswell reviews what it is like to be a fishery biologist for this national agency. He'll delve into current fisheries issues and the education requirements needed for a career in this field. (Running Time 24:11)