A Lake Charles attorney has been appointed to the at-large seat on the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission vacated by the resignation of Will Drost in June.

Gov. Bobby Jindal appointed Bart Yakupzack, a lifelong resident of South Louisiana, who is scheduled to serve through April 30, 2019, according to a press release.

Yakupzack, with the Gray Law Firm in Lake Charles, is on the board of directors for the Chamber of Southwest Louisiana and is a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, the Coastal Conservation Association and the LSU FWF Alumni Association.

He received  a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries and his law degree from LSU, and has practiced gas and land management-related law for more than 10 years, the release states.

Drost, of Lake Charles, abruptly resigned in early June after serving since 2012. Shortly before his resignation, Drost initiated a discussion on possibly reducing the creel limit for speckled trout in Southwestern Louisiana.

According to statute, the commission is comprised of seven members appointed by the governor, subject to senate confirmation. 

Members include three residents of the coastal parishes of the state who are representatives of the commercial fishing and fur industries and four members from the state at-large.