Our Senior Consultants, Senior Instructors and Field Training Officers have spent their law enforcement careers in protected area law enforcement.
On average our staff has more than 21 years of experience in the field enforcing natural resource protection laws. Our team is dedicated to training others and building credible and effective enforcement programs, offering management plans and assessments.
Our areas of expertise include:
Jayson Horadam - President, MPA Enforcement International
Since 2012, Retired Law Enforcement Captain Jayson Horadam (Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission) has directed our operations in more than a dozen countries in the Caribbean and Central America producing training workshops for enforcement programs, outreach/education, communications plans and strategic plans along with evaluations and recommendations for natural resource protected areas on land and sea. As of 2017 we have worked with 16 different countries, effecting 36 different protected areas and trained over 350 enforcement specialists. Captain Horadam has a 30 year career in enforcement protection experience including a 25 year career as a state and federal law enforcement officer in Florida. Hired as the first enforcement officer specifically assigned to the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary in 1989 he spent his first years as a law enforcement vessel boarding officer in the Florida Keys and Miami. His career includes 6 years as an undercover officer in Miami, 5 years as a lieutenant in charge of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale as a shift commander and Investigative Lieutenant as well.
In 2002 he was promoted to the first captain of NOAA’s then newly created Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS). This 23 member team was responsible for patrolling and protecting all of the 2,800 square miles (9,500 square kilometers) of the FKNMS. His duties as a captain for the next 12 years included Captain of Investigations, Area Commander and SWAT Commander in South Florida
A graduate of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Senior Leadership Class '12, Jayson is presently a member of the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Advisory Council and is also a board member of the Gulf of Mexico Marine Protected Area Network. In addition he is on staff with consulting work for Florida's Department of Environmental Protection.
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Joe Scarpa is an expert in natural resource protected area enforcement, having served as a supervisor in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Gulf of Mexico, the South Atlantic, and the Pacific Northwest and now the vast expanses of the Pacific from the US to Asia. He is presently a supervisor for the US federal government in maritime fisheries enforcement , Pacific Region. Joe started his career as a National Marine Sanctuary (MPA) enforcement officer almost 20 years ago in the Florida Keys. His experience is unprecedented and groundbreaking in state law enforcement as it includes includes setting up law enforcement training programs in Puerto Rico and Belize. His expertise covers all aspects of patrol techniques, both near shore and remote offshore, on-scene evaluation, apprehension of violators, and collection of evidence and case package preparation. Joe and his crew were responsible for some of the largest natural resource protection cases in NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary history.
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Born in Florida but raised in South America, Aaron Smith has had the opportunity to witness firsthand how quickly a natural resource environment that otherwise would be rich in biodiversity can be stripped of its splendor by overexploitation. Aaron is multi-lingual with an extensive background in marine mammal care and protection. Aaron is currently a duly sworn state and federal officer certified to instruct as a Field Training Officer, and has certificates in undercover operations, interview and interrogation, and instructor techniques.
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Andy Cox has 26 years of experience in conservation law enforcement. With over 1,500 hours of certified advanced law enforcement training, Andy has experience as a Special Operations Group Team Leader. While serving as an environmental investigator Andy investigated and prosecuted several substantial environmental crimes. His training background includes boating safety enforcement, federal and state marine fisheries enforcement, protected species enforcement, vessel accident investigation, smuggling interdiction and all forms of law enforcement related to the marine environment. Andy is one of the few dozen law enforcement certified Drug Recognition Experts in Florida. Andy serves as a Community Resource Officer and is on the Underwater Recovery Team.
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Dr. Mike Bauer is the Natural Resources Manager for the City of Naples, Florida. His work includes all aspects of environmental issues facing the City -- on both land and water. Mike is a former lead project manager with the South Florida Water Management District. Before beginning work on his Ph.D., Mike was an environmental law attorney and policy analyst for the Yakama Indian Nation of Washington State. Prior to earning a law degree, Mike was an assistant refuge manager with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. His responsibilities involved management, planning and evaluation of natural resources on a federal barrier island/estuary coastal complex.
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Diana has more than 8 years of experience as a project manager in marine protected areas with the Colombian National Parks System. She has participated in processes to define and implement management plans for marine protected areas in the Colombian Caribbean and along the Pacific coast.
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