Maryland Sport Fisheries Achievement Award

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

The Maryland Sport Fisheries Achievement Award for Maryland-related recreat​​ional fisheries was established in 2019 by the Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission. 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 Maryland Sport Fisheries Achievement Award are being accepted now through January 31, 2024. Nominations can be made by completing an online form.


  • The state will announce the acceptance of nominations for the award each December with a deadline of January 31.
  • Nominators must submit a completed nomination form and a detailed essay describin​g 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 the chai​​r of the Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission.
Please direct inquiries to Paul Genovese at pau​​l.genovese@​ or 443-534-3627. ​



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