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Department Launches New Maryland Sport Fisheries Achievement Award

 Nominations Accepted Through Jan. 31, 2020

Photo of Native Brook Trout being caught by fisherman

Photo: “Native Brook Trout” by Michael Eversmier

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission announce the creation of the Maryland Sport Fisheries Achievement Award, a celebration of conservation, education, and sportsmanship. This prestigious honor will recognize an individual who has provided sustained efforts in habitat management, conservation, education, research, or other meaningful contributions that benefit fish and recreational fishing in Maryland. 

Nominations for the annual Maryland Sport Fisheries Achievement Award are being accepted now through Jan. 31, 2020. Members of the Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission will vote on a winner in the spring, and award recipient(s) will be announced during a July ceremony in Annapolis. 

Recipients will receive a proclamation signed by Governor Larry Hogan, the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, and the chair of the Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission. A donation will also be made to a fisheries-related organization, designated by the recipient.

Nominations can be made by completing an online form along with submitting a detailed essay describing the nominee’s contributions to Maryland recreational fisheries. More information is available by contacting Paul Genovese at 410-260-8328 or by email to