- To recognize individuals of the State of Nebraska making outstanding contributions to the science of fisheries and aquatic resources.
- Significant efforts in the advancement of the fisheries profession in culture, management, research or higher education beyond routine expectations
- A monumental work and/or publication which contributes markedly to the basic understanding, conservation, or management of the fishery-aquatic resource
- Original advancements or innovations in fisheries research methodology, culture, or management techniques
- Significant contributions to the understanding and successful conservation management of the fisheries resource through public education and participation
- Imaginative and successful programs in fish conservation education at any level of teaching or graduate student guidance
- Important ecological discoveries or new taxonomic criteria
- Development of fisheries research, culture, or management programs of regional or national significance
- Leadership in the recognition and development of aquatic fisheries habitat issues that lead to legislation or policies that protect or enhance the resource
- New philosophies or ideas which significantly contribute to the understanding and management of aquatic resources
Specifications and Limitations:
- Award recipients must be living at the time of selection.
- No more than one award per year.
- A once in a lifetime award.
- Only Nebraska Chapter AFS members in good standing can make nominations.
Past Award of Excellence Recipients
2016 – Mark A. Pegg
2015 – Don Gablehouse
2011 – Rick Stasiak
2009 – Larry Hutchinson
2005 – Edward J. Peters
1998 – Wesley Sheets
1992 – Larry Hesse
1990 – Gary L. Hergenrader
1989 – Robert E. Thomas
1988 – Bruce McCarraher
2014, 2013, 2012, 1991 – No award presented
* 2010, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1994, 1993 – No nominations were received
** 2006-2008, 2001-2004, 1995 – Incomplete/unknown award recipient information