Current Funding Requests

The 2016 Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program

Project description: The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is a summer scholarship and mentoring program for high school juniors and seniors sponsored by AFS. The mission of the Hutton Program is to diversify fisheries science and management by stimulating career interest among young people from underrepresented groups. Known as “Hutton scholars,” students accepted into the program are mentored by fisheries professionals for eight weeks while enjoying a hands-on fisheries science experience in a marine and/or freshwater setting. Each 2016 Hutton scholar will receive a $4,008.00 scholarship award. The Hutton Program helps AFS achieve its mission to “improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals” by stimulating career interest in fisheries among young people, providing fisheries mentoring opportunities and enabling participants to develop contacts in the fisheries profession. The program helps the Fish Management Section achieve objective 1) developing and maintaining an association of persons interested and involved in fisheries management and development, by giving Hutton scholars a six-month student membership. It also helps the section achieve object 2) Promoting sound fisheries management practices and developing new management concepts and techniques, by engaging students in fisheries management projects as well as educating them about the importance of aquatic resource conservation and management.

Completion date: 12/31/2016

Amount: $6,680

Other funding sources & amounts: Estimated sources and amounts for 2016: BLM ($5,000); USDA Forest Service ($26,000); NMFS/NOAA ($75,000); Wisconsin DNR ($5,000); AFS Education Section ($6,680), AFS Fisheries Administration Section ($1,000

Acknowledgement of Fish Management Section’s contribution: The Fish Management Section will be acknowledged as a Hutton Program supporter in Fisheries magazine, on the Hutton Program and AFS websites, and in the AFS newsletter. The Director of Student and Professional Development will attend the Fish Management Section meeting at the AFS 145th Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon to show appreciate for the Fish Management Section’s continued support, provide a brief update on the 2015 Hutton Program as well as introduce section members to the new Educational Program Coordinator, Cynthia Oboh.

Disposal of unused funds: There will be no unused funds. The $2,000.00 donation will go toward providing a $4,008 scholarship to one Hutton scholar in the 2016 Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program.

Requester information: Beverly Pike, Director of Student & Professional Development bpike@fisheries.org 301.897.8616, ext. 213