• Best Student Presentation award information can be found here.
  • Information about the Young Professional Travel Award can be found here.
  • Excellence in Fisheries Education Award

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) Excellence in Fisheries Education Award was established in 1988. The award is administered by the Education Section and is presented to an individual to recognize excellence in organized teaching and advising in some aspect of fisheries education. Nominees may be involved in extension or continuing education, as well as traditional college and university instruction. Nominees must be AFS members, have been actively engaged in fisheries education within the last five years, and have had at least 10 years of professional employment experience in fisheries education. Two or more people may act as nominators, but at least one nominator must be an AFS member. The nominator(s) is responsible for compiling supporting material and submitting the application. Nomination materials are due April 1st.

Application information about the Excellence in Fisheries Education Award can be found here

Past Recipients

  • Skinner Memorial Award

The John E. Skinner Award provides travel support for students to attend the Annual Meeting of AFS. The award was established following the untimely death of Mr. Skinner in a home fire in 1978. John Skinner was a native of Michigan and a graduate of Michigan State University. He was employed by the California Department of Fish and Game for nearly 25 years. His assignments over the years included three years as a researcher on statewide angling statistics and on the fisheries of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, over nine years as Water Projects Supervisor, and eight years as Research Supervisor for fish facilities in the Delta. Among his technical publications is the classic 225-page document, “An Historical Review of the Fish and Wildlife Resources of the San Francisco Bay Area.” At the time of his death, he was President of the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society. He also had served as President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer of the California/Nevada Chapter. Further information on John Skinner can be found in Fisheries [4(1):23-24 and 16(1):38-39].

Initial funding for the Skinner Award came from the California/Nevada Chapter. Over the years, many other chapters and organizations have contributed financial support. Proceeds from several AFS raffles and from sales of the textbook, Fisheries Techniques, also have been added to the fund. Interest from the endowment allows about six students each year to receive funds to support their travel to the Annual Meeting. The award is merit-based and designed to recognize outstanding students in the field of aquatic resource management. Nomination materials are due April 1st.

  • The AFS Call for Award Nomination page can be found here.