HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ President Barack Obama has appointed a senior biologist at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as commissioner of the Council of North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization.

Stephen Gephard has worked as the supervising biologist at the DEEP since 1995. He joins two other commissioners whose appointments were announced Thursday.

The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization is an international organization established by an intergovernmental convention in 1984 that seeks to restore and manage Atlantic salmon populations. The Gulf of Maine’s population of the fish is protected by the Endangered Species Act.

U.S. Rep. Joseph Courtney on Saturday said Gephard will be a strong voice for conservation nationally, and his “broad experience and deep knowledge of biology, conservation, and government’s role in protecting our resources will make him an excellent commissioner.

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