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FWC officer recognized for conservation work

News Release

Friday, March 14, 2014

Media contact: Katie Johnson, 850-556-2269; Jorge Pino, 561-723-1417

An officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently received a special honor from the Coastal Conservation Association of Florida. The Naples CCA chapter chose Officer Jason Futch as its Regional Officer of the Year.

“Officer Jason Futch has been a valuable asset to the FWC since graduating from the Florida Public Safety Institute in the fall of 2010 and being assigned to Collier County,” said FWC Capt. Mitts Mravic. “Since arriving, Jason has honed his skills as a solid, all-around officer and has excelled at protecting our valuable inshore saltwater fishery.”

Over the past year, Futch has put in more than 2,000 hours of proactive enforcement on boating safety, freshwater fisheries and marine fisheries. During that time, he also issued 112 citations and 171 warnings for resource protection.

Futch works on the FWC’s inland team in Collier County. While working in this region, he has the ability to focus on poachers who fish from shore in saltwater. He’s also helped with details focusing on commercial net fishing, as well as assisting with the lobster mini-season in Monroe County.

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