CASPER - Al Gettings, assistant fish culture supervisor stationed in Casper, recently retired after more than 33 years of service with the Game and Fish Department.
Gettings began his Game and Fish career as a seasonal fish biologist in Pinedale in 1978 and also served as a seasonal biologist in Green River from 1981-1983. His permanent service started in 1983 as a fish culturist at the Ten Sleep Hatchery. He was promoted to assistant superintendent of the Auburn Hatchery in 1987 and to Dubois superintendent in September 1993. He was promoted to his current position as assistant fish culture supervisor in charge of development of the fish hatchery system in February 2006. In 1994, he was named Fish Division employee of the year.
A native of Andover, Kansas. Gettings graduated from Andover High School in 1973. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in fisheries from the University of Missouri.
Chief of Fisheries Mark Fowden said Getting’s contributions to the Game and Fish are too numerous to count. “He has been solely instrumental in the development and continued administration of the fish culture databases that manage operations from spawning through stocking,” Fowden said. “He also designed a chiller system for egg development that enabled the hatchery system to bring five weeks of egg takes together to improve brood stock management.”
Fowden said Gettings’ interest in recirculating aquaculture systems resulted in the first dual drain circular rearing units in Wyoming and the expansion of this technology throughout the section. Most recently he orchestrated the construction of the popular Jessica’s Pond near Casper including an ADA access of his own design.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)