Georgetown SCDNR Officer earns top honors

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Georgetown SCDNR Officer earns top honors July 27, 2018

S.C. Department of Natural Resources Officer PFC Randy Hering of Georgetown was recently honored by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council as that organization's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

S.C. Department of Natural Resources Officer PFC Randy Hering of Georgetown was recently honored by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council as that organization's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) has chosen S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Officer PFC Randy Hering as the recipient of its 2017 Officer of the Year award.

"Congratulations to PFC Randy Hering for earning this recognition" said SCDNR Director Alvin Taylor. "It's indicative of the job our officers in this region do every day, working with our federal partners to protect and conserve our marine fishery resources, and we are very proud of his achievement."

SCDNR Region IV Lt. Angus MacBride echoed those comments.

"Randy Herring is a tremendous officer," said MacBride. "He is one of many of our young officers here on the coast that are doing a fantastic job, and I am very proud to have him represent the Department in winning this award. He makes us all look good by doing his job the way he does it."

SAFMC, headquartered in Charleston, is responsible for the conservation and management of fish stocks within the federal 200-mile limit of the Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and east Florida to Key West. SAFMC is one of eight regional councils created by the 1976 Magnuson Fishery Conservation And Management Act to regulate fishing in U.S. federal waters.

Their Officer of the Year award recognizes the outstanding performance of individuals charged with enforcing fishery management regulations in the South Atlantic region. The organization's s Law Enforcement Advisory Panel considers nominations from all of the state and federal law enforcement agencies involved in enforcing fishing limits and regulations in the region.

"I want to thank you, on behalf of the Council, for the exceptional work you have done in enforcing fisheries regulations'," SAFMC Chairman Charlie Phillips wrote in a letter announcing the award. "The Council would not be able to accomplish its job of conserving and managing fisheries without the support of its law enforcement partners throughout the South Atlantic region."

Officer Herring will be presented with the award at the council's September meeting in Charleston.


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