CCA NC Applauds Marine Fisheries Officer

Morehead City, NC – The Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina congratulates Marine Patrol Officer Chris Lee on being chosen to receive the 2012 Marine Fisheries Enforcement Officer of the Year award from the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Program.

Lee will receive an engraved statuette, a lapel pin, and a certificate commemorating this achievement Sept. 7 at the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s 50th Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Reception and Banquet in Cary.  Lee, 31, was nominated for the honor by fellow officers in his district.

“Chris has a genuine desire to make sure that our marine resources are protected,” said Sgt. Brian Long, Lee’s supervisor. “He’s very proactive in making sure our marine resources are protected. He’s always one of the first ones to stand up and volunteer, even if it’s a duty that is less than desirable.”

According to his fellow officers, Lee has a knack for searching out and finding significant fisheries violations.

“He keys in on things quicker when he knows something is not right,” Long said.

Lee has made significant cases involving the illegal use of gill nets, illegal sales of seafood, unlicensed charter boats, and larceny of commercial fishing gear.  He has also participated in undercover operations ranging from the illegal sale of seafood to the recreational taking of undersized and over-the-limit of red drum and spotted sea trout.

Lee joined the Marine Patrol since 2008. Prior to that, he served in the N.C. National Guard in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and later joined the Edenton Police Department.

“Marine Patrol officers play an important role in the protection and preservation of our state’s coastal resources” said CCA NC President, Greg Hurt.  “The job these men and women do on a daily basis can be dangerous, yet vital for the future of our fisheries.  We applaud the efforts by Officer Lee and congratulate him for his continued efforts.”

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