25 Apr 2014

2014 Sport Fish Restoration Project Awards Program

0 Comment

American Fisheries Society Fisheries Administration Section

MEMORANDUM

TO:                 State Fisheries Administrators
FROM:           Ken Kurzawski, AFS-FAS President-Elect
DATE:                        April 24, 2014
SUBJECT:      Nominations for 2014 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 Aquatic Education.  Outstanding projects will be recognized through national press releases, in Fisheries magazine, at the 2014 annual AFS meeting in Quebec City and will be presented with handsome award plaques at an appropriate function in the winning state or protectorate.

We are currently soliciting nominations from your state or protectorate for 2014!  I have enclosed a more detailed description of the awards program, instructions for submitting nominations, and information on the project categories and awards criteria.  As Chair of this year’s Awards Committee, I ask that you distribute these forms to appropriate personnel in your agency and urge them to nominate projects that are outstanding examples of the use of Sport Fish Restoration funds.

We will accept nominations through June 15, 2014.Please email nominations as PDF files to: ken.kurzawski@tpwd.texas.govThe 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 award program, please contact me by email or at 512-389-4591.

Click: FAS Judging Critieria 2014 to download the SPORT FISH RESTORATION PROJECT AWARDS PROGRAM 2014 PROJECT JUDGING CRITERIA

————-

2014 SPORT FISH RESTORATION PROJECT AWARDS PROGRAM

Purpose: The annual Sport Fish Restoration outstanding project awards given by the Fisheries Administration Section of the American Fisheries Society are intended to both highlight the importance and effectiveness of the Sport Fish Restoration program and recognize excellence in fisheries management, research and education.  The Sport Fish Restoration program, also known as the Dingell-Johnson or Wallop-Breaux program after its primary Congressional sponsors, is funded by excise taxes collected on fishing tackle, boats, and motorboat fuel, which are apportioned to the states to enhance fisheries and boating programs.  It was first created in 1950 and has provided over $7 billion toward better fishing and boating.  The Fisheries Administration Section recognizes the absolutely critical importance of this program for state fisheries agencies, but also knows that the program is subject to periodic reauthorization by Congress and ongoing scrutiny from the users who pay the excise tax.  This annual awards program helps identify and showcase outstanding fisheries projects from across the country and hopefully generates continued support for the Sport Fish Restoration program.

 

Award Categories:  Three “Outstanding Project of the Year” awards are given each year, one in each of the following categories:  Sport Fishery Development and Management (access, facilities, and habitat acquisition or improvement, or management), Research and Surveys, and Aquatic Education.

 

Award Eligibility:  The primary eligibility criteria are that the project must fit in one of the award categories described above and must have been conducted using Sport Fish Restoration and associated state matching funds.  The award nomination should be submitted by the state, protectorate, or agency that received the Sport Fish Restoration grant.  Because many projects are ongoing or occur over long time frames, there are no formal constraints on timing of nomination.  However, the project must have a defined ending date.  This criterion is intended to differentiate projects from ongoing programs.

 

Award Criteria and Judging:  Project nominations are reviewed and judged by a committee of Fisheries Administration Section members.  The Section’s President-Elect chairs the committee.  Projects are judged considering six general criteria: overall project quality; appropriate evaluation strategies; impacts on the public; advancement of sport fisheries management, research, or aquatic education; exceptional protection or enhancement of habitat or resources; and improved understanding of and support for fishery values.  A detailed list of evaluation criteria is attached.  All decisions of the awards committee are final.

 

Award Recognition:  The awards are announced each year at the American Fisheries Society annual meeting.  Awards are recognized through national and local press releases and are featured in Fisheries magazine.  Each winner is presented with an award plaque by the Fisheries Administration Section President (or designee) during an appropriate function identified by the winning agency (e.g., a meeting of the agency commission or governing board).

 

Nomination Instructions:  Project nominations should be submitted as PDF files that provide essential information on project need, objectives, procedures, results, benefits, and evaluation.  The nomination narrative should be no more than two pages in length.  The narrative should address the appropriate awards criteria described above.  Do not send copies of final reports or other supporting written materials – summarize these materials in the two-page narrative.  You may designate an awards category, but the awards committee reserves the right to change the category if appropriate.  Nominations will be accepted through June 15, 2014.

 

More Information:  If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact the current Fisheries Administration Section President-Elect:  Ken Kurzawski at ken.kurzawski@tpwd.texas.gov or 512.389.4591.

Click: FAS Judging Critieria 2014 to download the SPORT FISH RESTORATION PROJECT AWARDS PROGRAM 2014 PROJECT JUDGING CRITERIA

[top]
About the Author