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FWC captain honored by fisheries association

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Media contact: Katie Purcell, 850-459-6585

At its meeting in June, the Southeastern Fisheries Association presented Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Capt. Rob Beaton with the “Aylesworth Outstanding Government Employee Award.”

Beaton, who has worked for the FWC since 1989, currently supervises four northwest Florida counties, including Franklin and Wakulla, which both have a high level of commercial fishing activity. Prior to assuming this role in 2012, he was the coordinator for a variety of marine fisheries topics for the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement, often working with the SFA and others that have a vested interest in the resources.

“This award demonstrates the great value in working closely with our stakeholders to support their interests and address challenges together,” said Col. Calvin L. Adams Jr., director of the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement.

The SFA committee looked at state employees, from all agencies, who came in contact with the commercial fishing industry over a five-year period. Beaton was selected for his exemplary conduct, honesty and effort in seeking fairness for all when it comes to commercial fishing issues.

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