Fisheries Tim Broadbent Concludes Long-time Agency Service

Tuesday, May 07, 2024 | 09:12am

Region I Fisheries Program Manager Tim Broadbent has retried following 38 years of service. His friends and co-workers gathered at the Camden Fisheries base to celebrate his career. His many contributions were recognized, and he was presented the Fisheries Biologist Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022.

Tim graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a master’s degree in 1982 and worked as a technician for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Amarillo for about one year. He then started a three-year tenure with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as the fisheries biologist in 1984. Tim returned to Texas as the district biologist in San Marcos before he began his TWRA career. 

Tim was hired as the TWRA Fisheries Biologist responsible for Reelfoot Lake, small warm-water streams, and the Mississippi River in 1986. In 1990, Tim became the Region I reservoir biologist responsible for the management of Kentucky, Barkley, Pickwick reservoirs and Reelfoot Lake, a position he held until 2016 when he became the Regional Fisheries Manager.

At the time Tim joined the TWRA, approaches to monitoring were being developed. Under Tim’s guidance, TWRA has seen innovations in managing reservoir habitat. Tim represented TWRA in many professional settings. A long-time American Fisheries Society member, he emphasized the value of networking and learning from peers. 

Tim said he feels blessed to have worked with all the dedicated TWRA employees and is looking forward to playing golf, traveling (some) with his wife Debbie, spending time with his grandkids, and going fishing – although that may be frustrating since he will not be using an electrofishing boat.