Thomas Annear Receives Carl Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award from the American Fisheries Society

October 2, 2019

Contact: Beth Beard
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(Reno, NV) October 2, 2019 – Thomas Annear received the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award (“the Sully”) at the 2019 American Fisheries Society (AFS) Joint Conference with The Wildlife Society in Reno, Nevada. AFS President Jesse Trushenski presented the award at one of the meeting’s plenary sessions. The Sully is presented to an individual or organization for outstanding contributions to the conservation of fishery resources that may be political, legal, educational, scientific, or managerial in scope.

“We applaud Tom Annear’s outstanding contributions to the science and practice of instream flow, and therefore the conservation of fishery resources in these systems,” said AFS President Jesse Trushenski. “His influence and impact on the profession far surpass his extraordinary career.”

Annear has been an international leader in protecting aquatic habitat for fish and other aquatic organisms and communities through water management and education. At the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Annear was instrumental in building and managing the department’s instream flow program; he defined instream flow approaches that were later adopted in other states and countries. He also reached out to anglers by creating the X-Stream Angler Program, to make them aware of the ecological and recreational values of water.

Annear was a driving force in the establishment of the Instream Flow Council. After serving as IFC’s first president, he remained on the Executive Committee as a Director-at-Large. Through these efforts, he guided IFC activities through its first two decades.

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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.

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