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Recreational fishing lobbyist Phil Morlock receives U.S. conservation award

Phil Morlock, a long-time recreational fishing advocate, received the Brad Rowse Leadership Award last week at the 7th Annual National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Sportsman-Legislator Summit in Point Clear, Alabama. He was given the award for demonstrating excellence in leadership in promoting the outdoor agenda.

Morlock has served with distinction on the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Board for many years and is a trusted advisor and friend, said CSF President Jeff Crane. “No one deserves this award more and no one works harder than Phil to help continue the growth and mission of this organization.”

Morlock, who is Shimano’s Director of Environmental Affairs for both Canada and the U.S., has long been involved in advocacy on both sides of the 49th parallel.

He is past chair of Ontario’s influential Fish and Wildlife Advisory Board, where he was instrumental in deciding how fees from fishing and hunting licences would be spent. Morlock also served for many years as chair of the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association, which promotes recreational fishing across Canada.

The Brad Rowse Leadership Award is given in honor of the former State Caucus Manager of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses who, as a rising star in the sportsmen and conservation community, passed away at age 26 in December 2004.

“To be awarded this very special honor by my colleagues at CSF is very humbling,” said Morlock. “Brad was my friend and a special person who realized from the beginning  the potential that NASC had. What the organization has become today is a direct result of his dedicated efforts  and I am sure he would be very pleased  to see what continues to be accomplished here.  I am very proud of Brad.”

Bob Sexton

Bob Sexton

Growing up in Gander, Newfoundland, and Peterborough, Ontario, Outdoor Canada's managing editor Bob Sexton jumped at every chance to wet a line and head afield. After spending half of the 1990s working as a tour guide in Latin America, he completed a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in 2001 and was hired on as Outdoor Canada's assistant editor. Since joining the magazine, he has won two Outdoor Writers of Canada awards, in 2008 and 2011, and contributed to numerous National Magazine Award winning or nominated stories. Sexton is the past president of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.

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