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Collier assistant state attorney honored at FWC meeting

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Media contact: Katie Purcell, 850-459-6585

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recognized 20thJudicial Circuit Assistant State Attorney Brian Mortenson on Wednesday at its Commission meeting in Weston. Mortenson received the FWC’s Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year award.

“Mortenson was nominated by FWC law enforcement staff in our Naples field office for his readiness to collaborate with, learn from and teach our officers,” said Col. Calvin Adams, director of the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. “We are very fortunate to be able to work with him. His efforts have greatly enhanced the work environment of our officers.”

FWC staff praised Mortenson’s hands-on approach. He has spent time attending officers’ meetings and conducting ride-alongs to learn more about their daily responsibilities.

“His ability to comprehend Florida’s conservation laws and the complexities officers face is impressive. He has even conducted training on evidence collection, interviews and report writing to help officers improve in their education and enforcement efforts,” Adams said.

As an avid sportsman, Mortenson’s passion for the natural resources of Florida is evident.

“He has put forth a continuous effort to ensure that individuals who choose to violate resource laws are held accountable,” Adams said.

Mortenson has undertaken a variety of complex cases including over-the-bag-limit, size limit, out-of-season and other fishing and hunting law violations.

“His recent cases have helped the FWC send the message that we support law-abiding fishermen and others who enjoy recreating in Florida’s outdoors,” Adams said.

FWC Facts:
According to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife-Associated Recreation, 66.1 million people engage in wildlife observation, spending about $38.5 billion per year.

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