The state of Maryland has come up with a new award for an angler-conservationist who has achieved big things on the water. And they’re searching for the award’s first honoree.
The Maryland Sport Fisheries Achievement Award is “a celebration of conservation, education, and sportsmanship,” according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission.
The agencies are looking to honor someone who has worked to improve habitat management, conservation, education, research, or made other contributions “that benefit fish and recreational fishing in Maryland.”
The winner will be chosen via Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission vote in the spring, and revealed during a July ceremony in Annapolis. The honoree will receive a proclamation signed by Governor Larry Hogan and other leaders, and will get to designate a donation to a fisheries-related organization of his or her choice.
If you can think of someone who is a candidate for this award, you can nominate them by completing an online form and submitting an essay about the nominee’s contributions to Maryland fishing. For more information, email Paul Genovese at [email protected].
-Meg Walburn Viviano