Randy Claramunt has been named the next chief of our Fisheries Division. Randy will assume this new role effective March 5, taking over for current Fisheries Chief Jim Dexter, who retires at the end of April. The overlap in Randy’s assumption of this role and Jim’s retirement will allow for a smooth transition.
Randy is well known to many of you, having served the DNR in a variety of capacities, most recently as the Lake Huron Basin coordinator. Before that he was a research biology specialist, as well as the interim Charlevoix Fisheries Research Station manager and supervisor for the Habitat Management Unit. Prior to joining the DNR, Randy gained quality experience with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, first as a fisheries biologist and then as interim natural resources director.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in aquatic ecology from the University of Illinois.
Randy’s experience, approachability, energy, and passion for the resource – as well as for the people and partners who enjoy and help care for Michigan’s fisheries – put him in an excellent position to lead the division through the many opportunities and challenges ahead. I am confident that his extensive background in fisheries management within Michigan, other states and Tribal governments will ensure continued success on key initiatives, create new avenues for staff growth and engagement, and further cement Michigan’s reputation for healthy, thriving fisheries and one-of-a-kind recreational opportunities.