Andy J. Danylchuk, associate professor of fish conservation, received the award for Excellence in Public Outreach at the 2017 American Fisheries Society (AFS) annual meeting Aug. 23 in Tampa, Florida.
The award is presented to an AFS member who goes the “extra mile” in sharing the value of fisheries science and research with the public through popular media and other communication channels.
Danylchuk is scientific advisor for the KeepEmWet Fishing initiative (https://www.keepemwet.org), where he has been working with vast networks of recreational anglers, as well as industry and media partners, to communicate best practice guidelines for catch-and-release. He is also co-chair of the science and policy committee of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association.
He frequently writes for conventional popular media outlets and blog posts that are widely shared, especially within the recreational fisheries community. He is also an ambassador for several recreational fishing companies, including Patagonia and Thomas & Thomas Fly Rods, a company based here in the Pioneer Valley.
AFS president Joe Margraf, who presented the award at the meeting’s plenary session, said, “We applaud the distinguished contributions of Dr. Danylchuk and thank him for his continuous efforts to share the value of fisheries science and research.”
Danylchuk said, “I’ve always believed that it’s important to take my work outside the classroom and beyond peer-reviewed journals, and it is an honor to receive such an award recognizing these efforts from The American Fisheries Society”
Danylchuk has made three documentary films, all finalists in the BLUE Ocean Film Festival. Some have also been distributed on PBS and are available on various platforms for educators and the public. His second film, “Raising Shrimp,” had its Canadian premiere at the 2015 AFS annual meeting in Quebec City.
Founded in 1870, AFS is the world’s oldest and largest fisheries science society.