Hall of Excellence

The Hall of Excellence Committee is soliciting nominations for induction into the Fisheries Management Hall of Excellence located at the AK-SAR-BEN Aquarium in Gretna, Nebraska. The 2012 inductee into the HOE was Phil Bettoli. He joined the previous inductees listed here. Each inductee has a plaque on display with their likeness and highlights of their careers and contributions to the fisheries management profession. The curator of our Hall of Excellence is Tony Korth (tony.korth@nebraska.gov), who is in charge of the Ak-Sar-Ben (i.e., Nebraska spelled backwards) Aquarium and Outdoor Education Center. For more information on the facility, see their web page: http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/fishing/programs/aquaticed/aquarium.asp. The HOE was established in 1992 and its stated objectives are to: 1) to recognize fisheries management professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of fisheries management; 2) to provide a site where the contributions of those honored can be displayed and viewed by the public and other fisheries professionals; 3) to emphasize the accomplishment, dedication, and principles of those honored in the HOE; and 4) to describe the fisheries management profession.

Nominations are due to the FMS president-elect by May 15. The nominations are reviewed by the Awards Committee and recommendations made to the Chair (president-elect). The Chair notifies FMS president who then coordinates with the AFS office in Bethesda so that presentation of the awards can be made at the Annual Meeting. Send nominations to: Mark Porath, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, 2200 N 33rd Street, Lincoln, NE 68503. (402) 471-5583 mark.porath@nebraska.gov.

Nominations should include name and current address, date of birth, and date of death (if applicable). Include the candidates significant contributions to fisheries management and location of the work. Those selected for the HOE must have made significant contributions in fisheries management, management-oriented research, development of methods and equipment, administration of management programs, or the promotion of fisheries resource conservation, protection, and management. The more detailed the nomination materials, the better the HOE Committee is able to judge the worthiness of the candidate. Candidates selected for induction need to provide a black and white photo (head and shoulders) to be displayed on the plaque. Selection to the HOE is the highest honor given by FMS. Take the time to consider those individuals who have been instrumental in structuring your career and nominate them if you deem them deserving. Think about some of the real success stories in fisheries management and focus on the individuals instrumental in making those successes happen. All too often our efforts go unrewarded and there is no greater reward than being recognized by your peers.

Click to see past awardees.