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Mark Canale Receives Conservation Officer of the Year Award for 2005

June 5, 2006

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officer (CO) Mark Canale has received the Conservation Officer of the Year Award from the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association and the Shikar-Safari Club International. In the last year Mark has excelled in every aspect of the field Conservation Officers job, and has shown leadership in his district with other officers.

Mark CanaleMark has worked hard in establishing a strong information network with other agencies involved with marine law enforcement, and has been responsible for, or directly involved in, every major marine fisheries case his district has made this year. This includes a very complex federal case involving scallops, which yielded more than $935,000 in monetary penalties. He has also been an excellent liaison for the DEPís Division of Fish and Wildlife, helping to spread the word on the goals and mission of the agency.

Canale was a Deputy Conservation Officer in 1992 prior to being appointed as a full-time CO. He also worked for the DEPís Division of Parks and Forestry from 1991 - 1993.

Mark has a B.S. Degree in Wildlife Management from Rutgers University and was hired as a CO in the Central Region in February 1993. CO Canale graduated from Burlington County Police Academy in January of 1994. Mark then transferred to the Marine Region in January of 1997 and has worked there since that time. He is a certified instructor and teaches in-service classes as well as basic police classes at the Burlington County Police Academy. Mark resides in Atlantic County with his wife and three daughters.

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