People Who Make A Difference: Tony Reisinger

CAMERON COUNTY, Texas - In the continuing series on "People Who Make A Difference", Richard Moore introduces us to the local marine extension agent. He has been achieving above and beyond his job description for more than three decades.

It would be difficult to overestimate the positive effect Tony Reisinger, the Cameron County Marine Extension Agent, has had during his tenure in the Rio Grande Valley.
 
Tony Reisinger, Cameron County Marine Extension Agent said, "To be the Marine Extension Agent in Cameron County has meant a lot of learning for me. I am constantly learning new things about the natural resources of the Valley, and it has been so rewarding…I love my work, and I wouldn't want to do anything else."
 
From assisting the shrimping industry, serving as weigh master at fishing tournaments, monitoring red tide, and helping to create the highly successful Master Naturalist program, Reisinger's work has been outstanding for more than three decades.
 
"We have helped the shrimp industry tremendously. Turtle Excluder Devices that have reduced the mortality of sea turtles. We introduced those by-catch reduction devices…we have reduced the by-catch of other species besides shrimp significantly. And we have also increased the efficiency of the fishing fleet, and that allowed them to remain profitable I think."

Reisinger has also served for decades as weighmaster at many fishing tournaments and helped them to become more efficient and flourish.
 
"We have impacted fishing tournaments. We have made fishing tournaments grow and grow smoothly." Added Reisinger.
 
In recent years, Reisinger has been instrumental in helping to create the highly regarded Master Naturalist program, which has trained some 300 volunteers to provide education and outreach services for the benefit of the Valley's natural resources.
 
If you ask Tony how much longer he expects to serve the Valley as Marine Extension Agent, he has a ready answer. "Hopefully 35 more years."

 


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