The Fisheries Management Section (FMS) seeks nominations for its three awards and the Hall of Excellence annually and the award recipients are recognized at the FMS business meeting held in conjunction with AFS’s annual meeting.

The Conservation Achievement Award recognizes any significant action, program, or initiative by a nonmember individual, non-governmental organization, or state (provincial), Tribal, local, or federal agency that contributes substantially to fishery conservation or fishery science. Click here for a list of past award recipients.

The Award of Merit recognizes a singular accomplishment of an individual or group acting as a team or committee for contributions in fisheries management and research. The award can be given for outstanding leadership, administration, or project-related accomplishment in any aspect of the fisheries profession. Click here for a list of past award recipients.

The Award of Excellence recognizes accomplishments and inspirational leadership in the fishery profession and substantial achievements for AFS and the fisheries resource. The recipients must have effectively communicated their work at the national and/or international level. This award is not the same as nominations to the Hall of Excellence. Click here for a list of past award recipients.

The Hall of Excellence (HOE) was established in 1992 and its objectives are to 1) recognize fisheries management professionals who have made outstanding and cumulative contributions to the advancement of fisheries management; 2) to provide a site where contributions of those honored can be displayed and viewed by the public and other fisheries professionals; 3) to emphasize the accomplishments, dedication, and principles of those honored in the HOE; and 4) to honor and describe the fisheries management profession. Selection to the HOE is the highest honor given by FMS. Click here to learn about the HOE awardees.