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Michaud wins ‘officer of the year’

Posted 2024-05-13
Last Modified 2024-05-13

Maine Marine Patrol Officer Alex Michaud received the 2024 Maine Lobstermen’s Association Officer of the Year Award during the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport in early March.

The award is presented to a Marine Patrol Officer who has demonstrated outstanding service in support of the lobster industry. Michaud, who joined the service in 2017, serves in the St. George-Warren area.

In addition to strong patrol work, search and rescue support, and community relations, Michaud was recognized for investigating many lobster fishery violations including cases related to V-notching, untagged traps, fishing under suspension, and trap limits.

“Addressing these violations took intelligence, leadership, and teamwork from officers and Alex played a key role,” wrote Marine Patrol Sgt. Matthew Wyman in his nomination letter.

Michaud was praised for demonstrating good judgement in his investigations.

“Alex has found an important enforcement balance and utilizes good officer discretion,” Wyman wrote.

“He applies appropriate logic, reasoning, and compassion while effectively enforcing marine resource laws. He is willing to go the extra mile to successfully detect and apprehend violators.”

A bureau of the Maine Department Marine Resources, the Maine Marine Patrol provides law enforcement, search and rescue, maritime security, public safety services on Maine’s coastal tidal waters. For more information, visit