By Steven J. Cooke and Jack Imhof (CARS Executive)
Canada has a long and illustrious history in fisheries science and management. Indeed, many scientific discoveries, assessment tools, and even contemporary management strategies can be attributed to Canadian fisheries professionals. The Canadian Aquatic Resources Section of the American Fisheries Society has launched a new recognition program called “Legends of Canadian Fisheries Science and Management.” The goal of the program is to recognize the accomplishments of fisheries professionals in Canada. Beyond the recognition to the individual, highlighting their accomplishments will ensure that the next generation of fisheries professionals remain connected to the past. “Legends” will typically have completed (i.e., be retired) or be near the end of their professional career. “Legends” can also be recognized posthumously. Our purpose is not to recognize achievements of early career scientists or singular accomplishments – it is truly to recognize legendary figures in Canadian fisheries science and management. There is no financial compensation associated with the award, however, those recognized will have their profiles added to a website maintained by CARS. For 2014 we received ~30 nominations for the inaugural competition and are pleased to recognize 15 remarkable “legends” – individuals who have made notable contributions to fisheries science and management in Canada and beyond. The nominations that were not successful will be carried forward for consideration in future years along with new nominations received (by March 1st each year). After the inaugural competition we will induct up to 5 legends on an annual basis.
The 2014 inductees are as follows: Bev Scott (Retired – DFO); Carl Walters (Retired – UBC); Henry Regier (Retired – U Toronto); Casimir Lindsey (Retired – UBC); Zbigniew (Bob) Kabata (Deceased 2014 – DFO); Fred (FEJ) Fry (Deceased 1989 – U Toronto); Ed (EJ) Crossman (Deceased 2003 – U Toronto/ROM); William Edwin (Bill) Ricker (Deceased 2001- DFO); Joe Nelson (Deceased 2011 – U Alberta); Ram Myers (Deceased 2007 – Dalhousie U); Wilfred Templeman (Deceased 1990 – DFO); Donald McAllister (Deceased 2001– Canadian Museum of Nature); Archibald Gowanlock Huntsman (Deceased 1973 – U Toronto/DFO); Peter Larkin (Deceased 1996 – UBC); Bill Hoar (Deceased 2006 – UBC)