The Cal-Neva Chapter grants awards to promote and recognize excellence; encourage contributions to fisheries conservation, science, and education; and promote the professional image of the Chapter and Society. Nominations are solicited from the Chapter membership each year and are voted on by the Chapter’s executive committee.
Awards presented by the Executive Committee:
- The Award of Excellence recognizes California-Nevada AFS members for exemplary depth
and breadth of professional achievement in academia, and/or the public sector, and/or the
private sector throughout their careers. Awardees must have either a) authored a significant
number of peer-reviewed or technical publications or b) led significant efforts related to
habitat or species conservation. Awardees must have achieved statewide recognition as a
major authority or guiding force in fisheries management and science in California and/or
Nevada. Awardees must have demonstrated volunteerism and/or leadership in the American
- The Distinguished Professional Achievement Award recognizes California-Nevada AFS
members who have demonstrated recent excellence in research, and/or management, and/or
education. Awardees must have demonstrated volunteerism and/or leadership in the
American Fisheries Society.
- The Special Contribution Award recognizes California-Nevada AFS members who have
made important and significant contributions to the chapter. Awardees must have
demonstrated exemplary volunteerism in the chapter’s executive committee, contributed
innovative ideas to the chapter, and facilitated the engagement of students and/or other
- The Conservation Achievement Award recognizes individuals or groups for outstanding
and substantive contributions and/or service to fisheries or habitat conservation. The award
may be given to either a single individual or a collaborative group.
- The Award for Science Journalism recognizes individuals or groups whose work is
particularly accurate and effective in conveying information to the public regarding fisheries
science or habitat conservation. The award may be given either to a single individual or a
- The Marine Fishes Award recognizes California-Nevada AFS members who have
made important and significant contributions to the study of marine fish ecology or
recreational/commercial marine fisheries, and/or the conservation of marine species and
habitats. The recipient must have achieved statewide recognition as a major authority or
guiding force in marine science.
Award presented by the California-Nevada Native Fishes Committee:
- The Deacon-Moyle Native Fishes Award, named for Dr. James Deacon of UN Las Vegas
and Dr. Peter Moyle of UC Davis, is presented by California-Nevada AFS’s Native Fishes
Committee. The award recognizes individuals or groups that have made significant progress
to understand, conserve, or educate on behalf of the native fishes of California and/or