From lifetime awards to awards for students, AFS has them.

Visit this page often to find out how to apply or be nominated.


Credit: NOAA

  • A. Stephen Weithman Award
    The Missouri Chapter and the Socioeconomics Section of the AFS are proud to announce the establishment of the A. Stephen Weithman Best Paper Award in Socioeconomics. These two subunits of AFS are cooperating to promote communication and interest in the field of socioeconomics by sponsoring an annual award for the best student paper in the field. The award will be presented for the best platform or poster paper presented by a student at the annual AFS meeting. Completed papers will be judged on content, originality, organization, contribution to the field of fisheries science, and overall presentation of the study. The award winner will be announced on the Socioeconomic Section’s webpage ( and receive $150 and an award certificate following the annual AFS meeting.

American Fisheries Society Awards 2015

(Click to open the AFS Call For Awards – 2015.DOC)

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) is seeking nominations and applications for several 2015 awards. Award recipients will be honored at the 145th Annual Meeting to be held in Portland, Oregon, from August 16-20, 2015. Nominations typically require a candidate’s name, full contact information, biographical information, and/or history of service to the Society. Some awards require additional nomination materials. For more information on how to nominate an individual, or organization, see descriptions below or contact the award chair.


Emerging Leaders Mentorship Award
The AFS Emerging Leaders Mentorship Award Program was established to develop future leaders of the Society, and the fisheries profession as a whole, by providing selected candidates an opportunity to participate for one year in activities of the AFS Governing Board. Candidates must be full AFS members in good standing who submit complete application packages. Awardees will be paired with a mentor who is a member of the Governing Board and will be awarded up to $500 to offset costs associated with attending the governance meetings, held in conjunction with the annual AFS Meeting.
Contact: Jim Bowker : [email protected]
Deadline: April 1


The Emmeline Moore Prize
The American Fisheries Society (AFS) has established a career achievement award, named after the first female AFS president, Emmeline Moore (1927-1928), to recognize efforts of an individual member in the promotion of demographic diversity in the society. This award will be presented to an individual who demonstrates strong commitment and exemplary service to ensuring equal opportunity access to higher education in fisheries and/or professional development in the broad range of fisheries science disciplines. Qualified nominees must exhibit clear evidence of service and commitment to diversity initiatives, including a strong research or fisheries management leadership background, public understanding of diversity issues, technical and popular writing, and inspirational leadership. Candidates should also have enunciated principles that lead to greater involvement of under-represented groups in fisheries science, education, research or management. Nominees for the award are restricted to AFS members. A nomination package should include a detailed letter of support (maximum three pages) describing the nominee’s accomplishments and including evidence of involvement in diversity initiatives given the criteria noted above. The main letter of nomination can be supported through several signatures or up to three additional letters of support can be submitted. Please include in the nomination letter, the nominee’s title and full contact information (i.e. address, e-mail, phone etc.) to complete the package. Nominations should be submitted electronically by pdf attachment to an email.
Contact: Lonnie Gonsalves: [email protected]

Deadline: April 1

Retired Members Travel Award for the AFS Annual Meeting
The American Fisheries Society has established this travel award to encourage and enable members of the Society to attend annual meetings, particularly those members who might play a more active role in the meeting. The Society recognizes that some retired members who desire to participate in the annual meeting might be inhibited for financial reasons. Retired members may not have funds for travel to meetings that were available to them while employed. Therefore, this award is meant for those members who truly have a need for financial assistance. The Society has neither means nor desire to verify financial need, so that your request for support is based on an honor system. However, you must be a dues-paying retired member of the American Fisheries Society to apply. A maximum of $1,500 may be awarded for reimbursable expenses. Click on Applicationsfor theform on the AFS website. Nominations should be submitted electronically by pdf attachment to an e-mail.
Contact: Chair, Bob Hughes, [email protected], Past President
Deadline: April 1

Student Writing Contest
Recognizes students for excellence in the communication of fisheries research to the general public. Undergraduate and graduate students are asked to submit a 500- to 700word article explaining their own research or a research project in their lab or school. The article must be written in language understandable to the general public (i.e., journalistic style). The winning article will be published in Fisheries. Students may write about research that has been completed, is in progress, or is in the planning stages. The papers will be judged according to their quality and their ability to turn a scientific research topic into a paper for the general public and will be scored based upon a grading rubric. (check the AFS web site on the main awards page for the grading rubric) (For examples of past winning papers, see Fisheries 32(12):608&609 and Fisheries 34(1):39) Please include your full contact information (i.e. address, e-mail, phone, etc.) to complete the package.
Contact: Sarah Glaser, [email protected]

Deadline: April 1


Awards Administered by Sections

Education Section

John E. Skinner Memorial Fund Award

The John E. Skinner Memorial Fund was established in memory of John Skinner, former California-Nevada Chapter and Western Division AFS President. The fund provides monetary travel awards for deserving graduate students or exceptional undergraduate students to attend the AFS annual meeting. The 2015 meeting will be held in Portland, Oregon, August 15-20. Any student who is active in fisheries or related aquatic disciplines is eligible to apply. Awardees are chosen by a committee of the AFS Education Section. Selection is based on academic qualifications, professional service, and reasons for attending the 2015 meeting. Travel support (up to $800 per award) will be made available to successful applicants. Award winners will also receive a one year paid membership to the American Fisheries Society.

Applications are available at:
Student form: AFS Skinner Application Form – Part I 2015
Mentor form: AFS Skinner Application Form – Part II 2015
Both the student and mentor applications must be must be received no later than March 31, 2015.
Contact: Julianne Harris: [email protected]

Equal Opportunities Section

J Frances Allen Scholarship Award

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted until April 1, 2015, for the J Frances Allen Scholarship for a female doctoral fisheries student. The J Frances Allen Scholarship was established in 1986 to honor Allen, who pioneered women’s involvement in the AFS and in the field of fisheries. The scholarship fund was established with the intent of encouraging women to become fisheries professionals. The qualified applicant must be a female PhD student who was an AFS member as of December 31, 2014. The applicant must be conducting aquatic research in line with AFS objectives, which include “all branches of fisheries science, including but not limited to aquatic biology, engineering, fish culture, limnology, oceanography, and sociology”. Typically, this award is given to a student who has completed preliminary exams.
Contact: Karen Dunmall, [email protected]
Deadline: April 1

Canadian Aquatic Resources Section
Peter A. Larkin Award: Ph.D. level and M.Sc. level

Education Section
Young Professional Achievement Award

Estuaries Section

Student Travel Award

Fisheries and Information Technology Section
Best Student Poster Award

Fish Culture Section
Student travel award
Best Paper in NAJA

Fish Health Section
Snieszko Student Travel Award

Fisheries Administration Section
Outstanding Sport Fish Restoration
Sport Fishery Development and Management
Research and Surveys

Fisheries Management Section
Award of Excellence
Conservation Achievement Award
Hall of Excellence

Genetics Section
James E. Wright Graduate Award
Stevan Phelps Memorial Award

Marine Fisheries Section
Steven Berkeley Marine Conservation Fellowship
Oscar E. Sette award
Student Travel award

Socioeconomics Section
A Stephen Weithman Best Student Paper Award

Water Quality Section
Best Student Poster Award