Natural Resources

Moncton to host international meeting of wildlife enforcement officers (09/07/10)

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July 10, 2009

MONCTON (CNB) - Wildlife enforcement officers from across Canada and the United States will gather in Moncton July 13-19 for the annual conference of the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association (NAWEOA).

NAWEOA has about 8,000 members from 60 enforcement agencies. The conference is being hosted by the New Brunswick Conservation Officers Association.

"This is the first time that New Brunswick has hosted this international conference, and we look forward to welcoming our fellow fish and wildlife officers from the U.S. and the rest of Canada," said Rick Nash, a conservation officer with the Department of Natural Resources, and chair of the organizing committee. "About 300 wildlife conservation officers and an equal number of guests have registered."

Officers in their respective agency uniforms will gather at the green, off Assumption Boulevard, at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, for a group photo, and will then march to the Capital Theatre for the official opening of the conference at 9:30 a.m.

During the conference, enforcement personnel will take part in a wide variety of officer-training sessions on topics such as illegal wildlife trade and major crime investigative procedures. Most sessions will be at held at the Delta Beauséjour.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Jones, communications, Department of Natural Resources, 506-453-2614, e-mail: matt.jones@gnb.ca.

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