Plenary Speaker: William Hyatt
Bill retired in 2018 after 37 years at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection including 9 years as Chief of the Bureau of Natural Resources overseeing the Inland and Marine Fisheries, Wildlife, and Forestry Divisions. His prior positions with the Agency include Director of Inland Fisheries and Supervisor of Fisheries Management. Bill has held leadership positions with many professional organizations and boards including chair of the CT Invasive Plants Council, chair of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Invasive Species Committee, chair of the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission, chair of the Northeast Fisheries Administrators Association, treasurer of the Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, and President of the Southern New England Chapter and the Northeast Division of the American Fisheries Society. Bill is currently a member of the Federal Invasive Species Advisory Council and is a Commissioner on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Bill did his undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut and his graduate work at UConn and at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY.