Eligibility for the C.A. Schultz Conservation Award is not restricted to MS AFS Chapter members but should reflect a career working to conserve and preserve Mississippi’s natural 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 that promote conservation, sound taxonomy and/or public awareness of Mississippi’s aquatic resources. Interests may span a broad range of environments (e.g., freshwater, estuarine and/or marine), and a diversity of habitats (e.g., streams, rivers, lakes, coastal rivers and bayous, marshes). In addition, individuals demonstrating the following criteria may also be eligible for the award:
• Dedication to understanding the dynamic qualities and functions of streams.
• Persistence and collaborative qualities exhibited in working through bureaucratic processes to conserve natural resources.
• Dedication to studying and understanding the natural world.
• Striving to understand animal relationships and behavior.
• Diligence in using historical perspectives for educational purposes.
Nominations for the C.A. Schultz Conservation Award can only be made by active members of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Nominations must include name and full contact information of the nominee along with a letter containing supporting evidence outlining the nominee’s contributions related to the conservation of Mississippi’s aquatic resources. A current resume/CV of the nominee should be included in the nomination package. Nominations must be supported by at least one other individual, or preferably, multiple individuals by signing one nomination letter, or by submitting supporting letters in addition to the main nomination letter. Nominations will be evaluated by a committee consisting of the past President of MSAFS as well as 2-3 former MSAFS presidents who remain active in the Chapter and can provide a fair and unbiased evaluation of all nominees. The award may be presented annually, however the award should not necessarily be considered an “annual” award. Rather, the award should be presented only when deserving individuals are nominated and approved by the evaluation committee.