Lifetime Achievement Award The Mississippi Chapter of the American Fisheries Society's Lifetime Achievement Award is designed for professionals at or near the end of their career who have demonstrated significant contributions and accomplishments relative to aquatic resources in Mississippi. Eligibility for this award is not restricted to Chapter members, but should reflect a career devoted to Mississippi's aquatic resources. The award is to be presented to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the fields of ichthyology, fisheries or aquatic ecology in terms of activities such as research, management, teaching or public awareness related to Mississippi's aquatic resources. Individuals demonstrating one or more of the following criteria are eligible for this award:
- Original techniques or research methods leading to increased understanding of Mississippi's aquatic resources/fisheries.
- Ideas, viewpoints or data which contribute substantially to management or basic understanding of aquatic resources/fisheries.
- A successfully executed fisheries research or management program of state-wide importance.
- Imaginative and successful program in aquatic resources/fisheries education at any level or graduate student guidance.
- Important faunal or ecological discoveries.
- Research or policies especially beneficial to mankind.
- Interdisciplinary research or policy development involving leadership in team efforts.
- Publication of journal articles or reports that have a significant impact on fisheries management within Mississippi.
- Multiple successful efforts in a variety of fields such as biology, public understanding, management, technical and popular writing, laboratory and field research, inspirational leadership and enunciation of principles.