The man in charge of the Department of the Environment’s Marine Resources section is to be awarded a French national award for services to the marine community.
Deputy Director Marine Resources, Department of the Environment, Mike Smith was closely involved in the development of the Granville Bay Fisheries Agreement between the UK and France in 2000, and has worked closely with fishermen to help manage marine resources.
The Granville Bay Fisheries Agreement was negotiated and put in place with fishermen and government officials from France and Jersey. It aimed to ensure appropriate access to, and the management of fishing for the benefit of everyone involved.
The French have acknowledged Mr Smith’s collaborative, diplomatic and interpersonal skills in the way he has worked on developing legislation, managed its enforcement and helped manage marine resources.
The Ordre du Mérite Maritime medal will be presented to Mike Smith tonight at a ceremony at the Radisson Hotel in Jersey by the Directeur départemental adjoint des territoires et de la mer de l’Ille-et-Vilaine, Délégué à la Mer et au Littoral (St Malo), Benoit Faist.
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