National Recreational Fisheries Award

Do you know a someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the recreational fishing community?

Are you aware of an group, business or association that provides leadership and resources to recreational fisheries projects in Canadian waters?

Help us recognize their contributions by nominating them for a National Recreational Fisheries Award.

About the award

Fisheries and Oceans Canada developed the National Recreational Fisheries Award program to honour individuals and organizations for their contribution to the conservation, restoration and enhancement of Canada's recreational fisheries and their habitat.

Who can be nominated?

Any non-governmental individual, group, business or association that you believe has made an outstanding contribution in areas such as recreational community leadership, restoring and enhancing fisheries and fish habitat, or promoting conservation and sustainable recreational fishing. All nominees must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.

Who can submit nominations?

Nominations can be submitted by an organization, an association, or by three individuals.

When can submissions be made?

The National Recreational Fisheries Award nomination process is ongoing and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) invites the public to submit nominations at any time during the year.

What are the eligibility criteria for nominations?

  • Each nominee's project or activity must have been undertaken in Canada.
  • The nominee's project and activity must be separate from that undertaken by government agencies and employees.

How many awards are presented each year?

A maximum of five nominations demonstrating stewardship in action are chosen each year.

What do recipients receive?

Each recipient receives:

  • A pewter medallion with the National Recreational Fisheries Award logo, minted by the Royal Canadian Mint. The medallion is engraved with the individual or organization's name on the back.
  • A pewter lapel pin bearing the National Recreational Fisheries Award logo.
  • A framed certificate signed by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.
  • A ceremony in the recipient's local area and presided over by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans or an alternate.
Nomination and selection process

Download a copy of the Recreational Fisheries Award Form in .doc format. You may open this document in Word, Google Docs or any other document reader, fill in the details. Save the completed nomination form and email it to:

What else should be included as part of the nomination?

In addition to a completed nomination form, please include:

  • A brief history of the nominee.
  • Letters of support from the nominators.
  • A description of the project or achievement. This can include the following:
    • The project or activity's contribution to conservation, improvement and/or public awareness of Canadian recreational fisheries or their habitat;
    • The positive benefits on recreational fisheries or their habitat and/or on public awareness;
    • Evidence that the project has led to improved recreational fishing, increased fishing opportunities and/or heightened public interest in recreational fisheries;
    • Details on how the project or activity might influence or has influenced the initiation and/or completion of similar projects in other locations.

How will I know my nomination(s) has/have been received?

A letter acknowledging receipt of the nomination will be sent by mail to the nominator. If some information on the nomination form is missing, the nominator will be contacted by telephone.

Selection Process

Each year, the Selection Committee reviews all nominations that are submitted against established assessment criteria and their recommendations are forwarded to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans for the final decision.

What is the Selection Committee?

The Selection Committee is a national committee of prominent Canadians representing each province and territory.

Past award recipients

The National Recreational Fisheries Award program honours individuals and organizations for their contribution to the conservation, restoration and enhancement of Canada's recreational fisheries and their habitat. The following individuals and organizations have played, and continue to play, a very important role in sustaining and developing the recreational fishing experience throughout Canada.


  • Dennis Zimmerman, Yukon
  • James MacCarthy, British Columbia
  • Northern Lights Fly Tyers – Trout Unlimited Edmonton, Alberta
  • Walter Oster, Ontario
  • Jean Robitaille, Quebec


  • Don Hustins (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Souris & Area Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation (Prince Edward Island)
  • Hedrik Wachelka (Ontario)
  • Manitoulin Streams (Ontario)
  • Family Fishing Society of British Columbia


  • Daryl Guignion (Prince Edward Island)
  • Rémi Aubin (Quebec)
  • Claude Bernard (Quebec)
  • Intermountain Sport Fishing Enhancement Group (Manitoba)
  • Mo Bradley (British Columbia)


  • Keith Piercey (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • J. Robert Chiasson (New Brunswick)
  • John Kendell (Ontario)
  • Dave Clough (British Columbia)
  • Gerald Kristianson (British Columbia)


  • Miramichi Headwaters Salmon Federation (New Brunswick)
  • Grand River Fisheries Management Plan Implementation Committee (Ontario)
  • Hugh Naylor (British Columbia)
  • Grant Anderson (British Columbia)
  • Ken Franzen (British Columbia)


  • Council of Conne River Micmacs, Conne River Reserve, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Mr. Carl Purcell, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • Mr. George Ferguson, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia
  • Quebec Wildlife Federation, Charlesbourg, Quebec
  • St. Albert & District Fish and Game Association, St. Albert, Alberta


  • Northwest River Atlantic Salmon Conservation Working Group, Port Blandford, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Comité de valorisation de la rivière Beauport (CVRB), Beauport, Quebec
  • Mr. Chris Atkinson, Kitchener, Ontario
  • Mr. Tim Doskoch, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Mr. John Brockley, Smithers, British Columbia


  • Salmon Preservation Association for the Waters of Newfoundland
  • Dr. Lawrence Felt
  • Mr. Robert O'Donnell
  • Mr. Osborne McArthur
  • Mr. and Mrs. David and Angie Doggett


  • British Columbia Federation of Drift Fishers
  • Long Point Bay Anglers' Association
  • Moose Jaw Wildlife Federation
  • Mr. Dean Toole
  • Mr. John Wright


  • Mr. Rick Amsbury
  • Kingfisher Interpretive Centre Society
  • Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland
  • Severn Sound Environmental Association
  • Yukon Fish and Game Association


  • Ms. Jennifer Atchison, Burnaby, British Columbia
  • Big Rideau Lake Association, Portland, Ontario
  • Mr. Bill Chinnick, Sechelt, British Columbia (presented posthumously)
  • Mr. William John Otway, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • Mr. Elmer Rudolph, New Westminster, British Columbia

2001 & 2002

  • Mr. Raymond Bentley, Port McNeill, British Columbia
  • Mr. Tom Maccagno, Lac La Biche, Alberta
  • Mr. Darryl Choronzey, Owen Sound, Ontario
  • J.D. Irving Limited, Saint John, New Brunswick
  • Corduroy Brook Enhancement Association, Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador


  • Mr. Jeremy Maynard, British Columbia
  • Winnipeg's Urban Angling Partnership, Manitoba
  • Conservation Faune Aquatique Québec Inc., Charlesbourg, Québec
  • Southeastern Anglers Association, Bouctouche, New Brunswick
  • Mr. Jack Cooper, Happy Valley, Labrador


  • Mr. Richard Whitaker, Newfoundland
  • St. Mary's River Association, Nova Scotia
  • Fondation de la faune du Québec, Québec
  • Gesti-Faune inc., Québec
  • Trout Unlimited Canada, Alberta


  • La Corporation de gestion des rivières des Bois-Francs, Victoriaville, Québec
  • Mr. D. Scott Cook, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
  • Mr. C. Wesley Myles, Doaktown, New Brunswick
  • Mr. Jim Gillespie, Quispamis, New Brunswick
  • Mr. Wayne Harling, Nanaimo, British Columbia


  • Cape Freels-Indian Bay EcoSystem Development Committee, Dover, Newfoundland
  • Dr. Kenneth Stewart, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Mr. Mark Angelo, Burnaby, British Columbia
  • Swan Valley Sport Fishing Enhancement Inc., Swan River, Manitoba
  • Corporation de Restauration de la Jacques-Cartier, Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Québec


  • Ms. Linda Calvert, Nova Scotia
  • Mr. Michael Robinson, Nova Scotia
  • Mr. Robert Louis Duffley, Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • Muskies Canada, Ottawa Valley Chapter, Ontario
  • Mr. Jim Culp, British Columbia


  • Mr. Jean-Pierre Mailhot, Loretteville, Québec
  • Mr. Steve Copeland, Belfountain, Ontario
  • Mr. Chesley S. Loughlin, Corner Brook, Newfoundland
  • Mr. Frank Shannon, Summerland, British Columbia
  • Sackville Rivers Association, Tantallon, Nova Scotia


  • Mr. Eric Taylor, Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland
  • Mr. Jack H.T. Fenety, Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • Mr. David Carrick, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Mr. Richard Stieb, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
  • Yukon Fish & Game Association, Whitehorse, Yukon


  • Mr. Gerard A. Courtemanche, Hamner, Ontario
  • Steelhead Society of British Columbia (Comox Valley Chapter), Royston, British Columbia
  • Mr. and Mrs. Alex and Vicki Mills, Doaktown, New Brunswick
  • Dr. Darryl Smith, Valleyview, Alberta
  • Ms. Katharine Rice, Halifax, Nova Scotia


  • Mr. Tomas Humphrey, Corner Brook, Newfoundland
  • Mr. William Dumont, Port McNeil, British Columbia
  • Mr. David Biggar, Prince Edward Island
  • Mr. Len Rich, Newfoundland
  • Mr. Howard English, British Columbia (posthumous award)


  • Mr. Donald Canfield, Fort Frances, Ontario
  • Courtenay Fish and Game Protective Association, Courtenay, British Columbia
  • Mr. Jean-Paul Dubé, New Carlisle, Quebec
  • Mr. Robert W. Baker, Bathurst, New Brunswick
  • Mr. Myroslaw Welyhorskyj, Espanola, Ontario