Award Nominations

How to nominate someone for an award

AFS Cal-Neva Chapter awards are listed here.

Call for Cal-Neva AFS Award Nominations — Deadline February 14, 2020

Each year, the Cal-Neva AFS Chapter awards individuals and entities for their professional achievement, service, and contributions to fisheries science and the profession.

To nominate an individual or group for one of the awards listed below, please provide a one-page summary of the accomplishments of the nominee that specifically aligns with one of the respective award categories. Please send your nominations to the Cal-Neva AFS email address: The nomination deadline is February 14th, 2020 @ 5PM PST.

The accomplishments of the award recipients will be highlighted in the CAL-NEVA AFS newsletter, and they will be publicly recognized and awarded a plaque at the 2020 CAL-NEVA Chapter of American Fisheries Society Conference in Folsom, CA. The conference will occur from March 15th to 17th, 2020. Award recipients are encouraged, but not required, to attend the meeting.

  • The Chapter Award for Scientific Journalism recognizes journalists whose work is particularly accurate and effective in conveying information to the public regarding fisheries science or conservation.
  • The Conservation Achievement Award recognizes individuals or groups for outstanding contributions or service to fisheries conservation.
  • Deacon-Moyle Native Fishes Conservation Award recognizes individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria: Advancements in the ecological/biological understanding of native fish(es); Advances in the management and protection of native fish(es); Advancing the image and status of native fishes through education. The award can be bestowed on a recipient for either a single significant achievement or for an accumulated portfolio of work (“Lifetime Achievement”) promoting native fish. Eligibility: Priority will be given to AFS members, but the award may be given to non-AFS members who are exceptionally well qualified. Nominating process: Any Cal-Neva member in good standing may nominate a worthy candidate.  The nomination should be accompanied by a detailed description highlighting the nominee’s achievements and qualifications for the award. Selection process: The award will be voted on by the Native Fishes Committee Chair and the Steering Committee.  The nomination that receives the most votes will be declared the winner of that year’s award.
  • The Chapter Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement recognizes Chapter members for professional excellence in research, management, education, or publication; OR outstanding contribution to the profession, the American Fisheries Society itself, or fisheries conservation.
  • The Chapter Award of Excellence recognizes Chapter members for exemplary depth and breadth of professional achievement in academia, government service, or private practice; combined with significant publications and/or conservation activities, and participation in Chapter activities. They must have achieved significant distinction on multiple fronts (professionally, scientifically, environmentally, and as a supporting Chapter volunteer). Those given this award should have achieved statewide recognition as a major authority or guiding force in California and/or Nevada fisheries management and science.

If you have any questions, please contact Chapter President Rob Titus (, Chapter Past-President Steve Brumbaugh (, or Chapter Awards Chairperson Zach Bess (

A list of previous award recipients: