Nominations for 2023 Outstanding Sport Fish Restoration Projects

Each year the Fisheries Administration Section of the American Fisheries Society recognizes outstanding fisheries projects completed with Sport Fish Restoration (Dingell-Johnson/Wallop-Breaux) funds.  Awards are given in three categories:  Sport Fishery Development and Management, Research and Surveys, and Angler Recruitment/Retention/Reactivation and/or Aquatic Education.  Outstanding projects will be announced at the 152nd AFS Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan in August 2023.  Award recipients will be recognized through national press releases and on the AFS website and other media, and will be presented with handsome award plaques at an appropriate function in the winning state or protectorate.  Previous winners can be viewed at Recipient History.

Nominations from your state or protectorate are currently being soliciting for 2023.  Please submit a nomination for projects that are outstanding examples of the use of Sport Fish Restoration fund or notify appropriate personnel in your agency and urge them to nominate a project. Nominations from states or protectorates will be accepted through May 26, 2023.

See below for a detailed description of the awards program (includes instructions for submitting nominations) and judging criteria.

Please email nominations as PDF files to me, Lynn Quattro at  The AFS Fisheries Administration Section looks forward to the opportunity to recognize outstanding projects and help promote all the benefits of the Sport Fish Restoration program.  If you have any questions about this unique and important award program, please contact me by email or at (803) 734-9094.

Additional information about the Sportfish Restoration Award Program and the fisheries Administration Section of AFS can be found on our website at this link:

SFR Project Awards Program

Project Categories and Judging Criteria

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