Maryland Sport Fisheries Achievement Award

Presen​ted by the Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission established the Maryland Sport Fisheries Achievement Award for Maryland-related recreat​​ional fisheries in 2019. This award is to be considered the most prestigious fisheries award in Maryland to 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. The award is a celebration of conservation, education and sportsmanship.

Nominations for the 2023 Sport Fisheries Achievement Award are now being Accepted

To submit a nomination, please fill out the nomination form in its entirety, including a detailed essay about your nomination and their fisheries-related achievements. If you are having difficulty with the form, please contact Paul Genovese at pau​l.genovese@​ or 443-534-3627. The deadline for receiving nominations is January 31, 2023.


  • The state will announce the acceptance of nominations for the award at the beginning of each December with a deadline of January 31.
  • Nominators must submit a completed nomination form and a detailed essay describing the nominee’s contributions to Maryland's recreational fisheries. (Submissions that fail to meet these guidelines will be disqualified.)
  • Sitting commissioners may nominate individuals for the award.
  • Sitting commissioners cannot be nominated for the award.
  • The award committee is open to all commissioners and other interested parties.
  • The judging panel will have the final say on recommendation(s).
  • Judging panel’s recommendation(s) will go before the commission for a final vote during the April commission meeting.
  • The winner will receive a proclamation signed by the secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and chair of the Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission.


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