The appointment is for six years.
Manuel will succeed vice chairman Patrick C. Morrow of Opelousas, whose term expired Dec. 10. Commissioners are not eligible to succeed themselves.
Manuel is president and owner of Manco Vegetation Managment and former owner of X-Ray Inspection Inc.
He previously served an interim appointment on the Public Service Commission.
Jindal picked him to serve the unexpired portion of Dale Sittig’s seat when Sittig left the PSC to take the post of executive director of LOOP.
Manuel has been a regular contributor to Jindal’s gubernatorial campaign funds.
He is active in a number of Eunice-area projects and organzations, including St. Edmund School and Ducks Unlimited.
The Wildlife and Fisheries Commission oversees the natural resources and wildlife of the state, including all aquatic life.
The commission has the authority to establish definite management programs and policies and to approve and accept all contracts at its discretion.
The commission is comprised of seven members appointed by the governor, and 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.
On Tuesday, Jindal also re-appointed Billy Broussard of Pecan Island as a resident of the coastal parishes of the state who is a representative of the commercial fishing and fur industries. He is owner and operator of Pecan Island Redfish Charters.
Broussard’s term is concurrent with Jindal’s.