Fisheries Conservation Foundation Presented with Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award

November 7, 2021

Contact: Beth Beard
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Sully Award sculptor Bob Carline; FCF leaders Jeffrey Stein, Julie Claussen, and David Philipp; and AFS Past President Brian Murphy

(Baltimore, Md.) November 7, 2021 – The Fisheries Conservation Foundation (FCF) received the prestigious Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award (“the Sully”) at the 2021 American Fisheries Society (AFS) 151st Annual Meeting. AFS Past President Brian Murphy 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.

“The Fisheries Conservation Foundation is the direct brainchild of a few AFS members who wanted to take their efforts beyond fisheries science into the conservation realm in an effort to try to make a real difference using a different model,” said AFS Past President Murphy. “Partnering with individuals outside the scientific community was a key step in that process, and FCF has been successful at that from its beginning.”

The Fisheries Conservation Foundation ( is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that promotes the work and knowledge of aquatic scientists, resource managers, and environmental professionals. FCF strives to highlight objective, peer-reviewed scientific information about fisheries and aquatic resources to ensure that decisions made on the management and use of our freshwater and marine ecosystems are logical, informed, and based on the principles of sustainability.

FCF was founded in 2003 as an outreach arm of AFS and became an independent foundation in 2007. The FCF model is based on direct collaboration and support from anglers, conservationists, angler groups, local communities, governments, partner organizations, and other scientists to create solutions for vulnerable recreational fisheries, and the aquatic habitats necessary to sustain healthy populations. Since its inception, FCF has supported projects in Bhutan, Bahamas, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Nepal, Mexico, Canada, and the United States, working closely with regional partners to bring science-based information into management decisions, both through educational efforts and by instigating the research needed to generate the data needed to drive action.

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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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