August 2, 2016

IFW News -- IFW Names Overlock As New Fisheries Division Management Supervisor

For Immediate Release August 2, 2016 IFW Names Overlock As New Fisheries Division Management Supervisor AUGUSTA, Maine -- Joseph Overlock, a Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Fisheries biologist in the Downeast region was named IFW’s fisheries division management supervisor today.

“Joe is a welcome addition to our fisheries management team. His experience, education and energy are an excellent fit as our fisheries management supervisor,” said IFW Commissioner Chandler Woodcock.

In his new role as fisheries management supervisor, Overlock will oversee the fisheries division research and management programs, supervise the seven field and one research offices, assist with fisheries operational and strategic plans, and aid with the development and implementation of fisheries regulations and policy.

Since graduating from the University of Maine-Machias in 2006, Overlock has quickly risen in the fisheries division. Most recently, he was the assistant regional fisheries biologist in the Downeast region. He began his IFW fisheries career as a seasonal worker in 2005 before being hired as a fisheries biology specialist in 2007, a position he held until he became the assistant regional biologist in 2012.

Overlock already has assumed several leadership positions within the fisheries division including being the species specialist for landlocked salmon, head of the fisheries division dive team and co-coordinator of the fisheries reclamation program.

Overlock assumes the number two position in the fisheries division, and will work directly with fisheries and hatcheries division director Francis Brautigam. The pair oversees an increasingly popular freshwater fishery in Maine that attracts over 320,000 anglers annually, supports over 3,000 jobs and has an economic impact to the state of over $370 million.