Nevin Hunter
Regional Enforcement Manager, South West

Fisheries Enforcement Support Service

Nevin retired in July 2014 after 30 years with Devon and Cornwall Police. A wildlife crime officer of vast experience, his investigations have included illegal egg collecting, trade in birds of prey, taxidermy, poaching of deer, fish and game, and the illegal poisoning of birds of prey. His final posting was as Detective Inspector and Head of the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit.

Nevin was awarded the UK Wildlife Enforcer of the Year title in 2001 and his commendations included one for his “leadership and dedication” in tackling wildlife crimes across Devon and Cornwall. Nevin also identified and highlighted to the UK government and the European Union the threat posed by the illegal rhino horn trade which in 2010 resulted in amended legislation across the EU.

Before joining the team as Regional Enforcement Manager for the South West, Nevin was an Angling Trust Key Volunteer for over a year, working on fisheries enforcement workshops, the Voluntary Bailiff Service inductions and Operation Leviathan.

Nevin said: “The professionalism demonstrated by the Angling Trust throughout my time with the National Wildlife Crime Unit was inspirational and I am delighted to now have the opportunity to work for such a forward-thinking organisation. I fished as a boy and am looking forward to getting more involved and back into angling, but anticipate being busy!”


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