Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award

For outstanding contributions to the conservation of fishery resources

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William Hogarth receives the 2016 Carl R. Sullivan Award from AFS President Ron Essig.


The Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award, known as the "Sully," was created in 1991 and was first award to Carl Sullivan shortly before his death.  It is award annually in his memory.  It is presented to an individual or organization, professional or nonprofessional, for outstanding contributions to the conservation of fishery resources.

The award is administered by a subcommittee composed of the AFS President-Elect as Chair, three AFS Section representatives who are presidents in the year of their appointment, and three members representing the conservation, recreational fishing, and commercial fishing communities respectively, and the First Vice President.

Nomination Guidelines

Eligibility is not restricted to AFS members, and accomplishments can include political, legal, educational, scientific and managerial successes.

Nominations should include a synopsis of fishery conservation contributions; a description of the influence of those contributions on improved understanding, management, or use of fishery resources; and at least one additional supporting letter. Please include in the nomination letter, the nominee’s title and full contact information (i.e. address, e-mail, phone, etc.) to complete the package.

Submit Your Nomination

Nominations should include a synopsis of fishery conservation contributions; a description of the influence of those contributions on improved understanding, management, or use of fishery resources; and at least one additional supporting letter. Please include in the nomination letter, the nominee’s title and full contact information (i.e. address, e-mail, phone, etc.) to complete the package. Nominations should be submitted electronically using the form below.

Nomination deadline: April 1, 2017

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Past Award Recipients

  • 1991 Stanley A. Moberly
  • 1992 Senator John Breaux
  • 1993 Peter A. Larkin
  • 1994 Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
  • 1995 Edwin Phil Pister
  • 1996 Sport Fishing Institute
  • 1997 Fred H. Everest
  • 1998 Information and Education Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Levenworth National Fish Hatchery
  • 1999 Carl Safina
  • 2000 Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • 2001 Not awarded
  • 2002 Ken Hinman
  • 2003 Trout Unlimited
  • 2004 James R. Karr
  • 2005 Keith Jefferts
  • 2006 C. Jeff Cederholm
  • 2007 Milton Love
  • 2008 Ole A. Mathisen
  • 2009 Ransom A. Myers
  • 2010 Charlton Bonham and Richard Roos-Collins
  • 2011 U.S. Representative, Norm Dicks, State of Washington
  • 2012 The Alaska Salmon Program, University of Washington
  • 2013 Richard D. Methot Jr.
  • 2014 Gary Grossman
  • 2015 The Native Fish Society
  • 2016 William Hogarth