CDFW Information | Trevor Pell Named Natural world Officer of the 12 months

Trevor Pell Named Natural world Officer of the 12 months

The California Division of Fish and Natural world (CDFW) is happy to announce Lieutenant Specialist Trevor Pell because the 2022 Natural world Officer of the 12 months.

A contemporary adjudication for a fancy investigation is an instance of Lt. Pell’s functions that earned him the nomination. In July of 2019, Pell adopted up on a tip about illegal non-native abalone trafficking out of Los Angeles. Natural world officials found out are living non-native abalone had been being unlawfully bought at a Los Angeles marketplace. They bought specimens from the marketplace and showed they had been non-native disk abalone. As lead investigator, Lt. Pell decided no less than 797 non-native disk abalone had been illegally imported thru Los Angeles Global Airport from South Korea with out a limited species allow.

Formal portrait of CDFW Lt. Trevor Pell

All non-native abalone species are prohibited from importation into California to steer clear of the advent of an unique species to native waters and the illnesses they doubtlessly elevate that might impact local populations, together with the endangered white and black abalone. In March of 2023, the case adjudicated and resulted in additional than $174,000 in civil consequences with a $20,000 cost to the Californians Flip in Poachers and Polluters (CalTIP) praise fund. The case is only one instance of Lt. Pell’s many remarkable investigations.

Lt. Pell’s experience in limited and unique species rules has additionally contributed to circumstances involving unlawful importation or ownership of natural world starting from Chinese language mitten crab to rattlesnakes to a capybara. His dedication to making sure unique animals obtain a suitable stage of care by way of limited species allow holders has definitely affected the animals residing in the ones amenities.

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Lt. Pell is thorough, detailed and decided in his pursuit of justice. He’s a regarded as a competent useful resource by way of district lawyers and town lawyers, federal prosecutors, the U.S. Fish and Natural world Carrier’s Place of job of Legislation Enforcement, and natural world officials from different states. His pursuit of civil fines and consequences has contributed to the natural world preservation fund and the CalTIP program.

“Settling on a Natural world Officer of the 12 months out of California’s extremely devoted natural world officials is considered one of my maximum tough however rewarding tasks,” stated David Bess, CDFW Deputy Director and Leader of the Legislation Enforcement Department. “Lt. Pell’s dedication to excellence in natural world regulation enforcement represents the most productive in our department.”

Lt. Pell is a useful resource to fellow CDFW natural world officials as he’s regularly contacted as an issue skilled for restrictive species, falconry, natural world trafficking, ports/unlawful importation enforcement and widely as a natural world officer typically. He regularly works to push the limits of his already complicated functions.

Those qualities have contributed to Lt. Pell being named the 2022 CDFW Natural world Officer of the 12 months and CDFW congratulates him.


Media Touch:
Capt. Patrick Foy, CDFW Legislation Enforcement, (916) 508-70

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