Minister Announces Recipient of Fish and Wildlife Officer of the Year Awards
Director of Communications
Department of Justice and Public Safety
Monday, September 28, 2015
At a ceremony yesterday (Sunday, September 27), Attorney General Felix Collins presented the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officer of the Year Award for 2014. This year's recipient, Officer Nathan Hodder of the Lewisporte detachment, was also named the 2014 Shikar -Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year for Newfoundland and Labrador.
"Officer Hodder is certainly deserving of the provincial
award and I am pleased that he has also been recognized by the
Shikar -Safari Club. The dedication he displays in protecting the
province's natural resources and in making the outdoors safe for
all residents makes him a very worthwhile recipient of these
awards. He is a fine role model for all members of the Fish and
Wildlife Enforcement Division."
- The Honourable Felix Collins, Attorney General
Prior to joining the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division, Officer Hodder worked as a Fisheries Inspector with the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. He worked seasonally for 10 years with Sea Watch and also spent time offshore as an At-Sea Observer. Officer Hodder is also actively involved in his community with the local minor hockey program.
During 2014, Officer Hodder was involved in investigating a number of illegal salmon netting operations, illegal trapping, and incidents of big game poaching. With the assistance of fellow officers and through information gathering, planning and surveillance, several alleged salmon poachers were apprehended and charged. A brief bio of Officer Hodder can be found in the backgrounder below.
"Working as a Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officer is not
a nine-to-five job. Officers work around the clock in unpredictable
and challenging conditions to ensure that Newfoundland and
Labrador's natural resources are protected to be enjoyed by today's
residents and future generations. I commend Officer Hodder who is
certainly deserving of this recognition."
- The Honourable Darin King, Minister of Justice and Public Safety
The Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officer of the Year Awards are presented annually to provide formal recognition for officers who through high standards of work and dedication exemplify what it means to stand out amongst their peers. Nominees for these awards must meet a number of stringent criteria to be considered.
The Shikar -Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year Award is presented annually to wildlife enforcement officers in North America in each of the 50 US states, the 10 Canadian provinces and all related territories. The award honours outstanding wildlife enforcement officers whose efforts during the previous year reflected outstanding performance and achievement amongst sworn fish and wildlife personnel.
- Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division Officer Nathan Hodder is the recipient of the provincial 2014 Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.
- Officer Hodder also received the 2014 Shikar -Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year for Newfoundland and Labrador
- Regional award winners were Officer Mark Gillam of the Corner Brook detachment and Detachment Supervisor Mark Pritchett of the Wabush detachment.