FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2017
Contact: Martha Wilson
(Tampa, FL) August 23, 2017 – Dr. James B. Reynolds received the William E. Ricker Resource Conservation Award at the 2017 American Fisheries Society (AFS) Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida. AFS President Joe Margraf presented the award at the meeting’s plenary session. The William E. Ricker Resource Conservation Award recognizes singular accomplishments or long-term contributions that advance aquatic resource conservation at a national or international level.
“We applaud the distinguished contributions of Dr. James B. Reynolds and thank him for his continuous efforts to advance aquatic resource conservation,” said AFS President Joe Margraf.
Dr. Reynolds has been a strong leader in fisheries and natural resources conservation throughout his career. After receiving his Ph.D. in Fishery Biology from Iowa State University in 1966 he worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a fishery biologist in Michigan and then became the Assistant Unit Leader for the Missouri Cooperative Fishery Research Unit. In 1999 he retired as Leader of the Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He continues professional work as Professor Emeritus, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Dr. Reynolds is best known for his contributions to the science of electrofishing. To date, he has been the instructor of 100+ electrofishing short courses to over 2500 professional biologists and has authored book chapters and numerous papers on electrofishing theory and practice.
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About AFS: Founded in 1870, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world’s oldest and largest fisheries science society. The mission of AFS is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. With five journals and numerous books and conferences, AFS is the leading source of fisheries science and management information in North America and around the world.