Scott Hinch of the University of British Columbia Receives the American Fisheries Society Award of Excellence

October 2, 2019

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(Reno, NV) October 2, 2019 – University of British Columbia Faculty of Forestry forest and conservation sciences professor Dr. Scott Hinch received the Award of Excellence at the 2019 American Fisheries Society (AFS) Joint Conference with The Wildlife Society in Reno, Nevada.

AFS President Jesse Trushenski presented the award at the meeting’s plenary session. The Award of Excellence is presented to a living person for original and outstanding contributions to fisheries and aquatic biology. It is the Society’s highest award for scientific achievement.

“We applaud the distinguished contributions of Dr. Hinch and thank him for his continuous efforts to share the value of fisheries and aquatic biology,” said AFS President Jesse Trushenski.

This is the fourth AFS award for Dr. Hinch, having previously won the Society’s Fisheries Education Award, the Fisheries Management Section Award of Excellence and the Washington/British Columbia Chapter Certificate of Achievement. He also can be counted among only a few Canadians to be recently elected into the AFS inaugural class as a Fellow of the Society.

Dr. Hinch is a leader who has conducted and inspired innovative and groundbreaking science, much of which has strong application and relevance to fisheries management. Nearly all of his research has been conducted in British Columbia but has influenced scientists around the globe.

Dr. Hinch is a professor and leader of the Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Laboratory at the University of British Columbia. He is considered a world-renowned expert in salmon ecology with a transdisciplinary research program linking ecology, behavior, physiology, genomics, and the social sciences. He also serves as the Pacific Ocean lead investigator for Canada’s Ocean Tracking Network. As an outstanding mentor, Dr. Hinch has trained many students and postdocs who have gone on themselves to become influential members of the aquatic science and management communities.

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Editor’s Notes:

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.