About Rich Cailteux Award

The purpose of the Rich Cailteux Award is to recognize individuals who have maintained a long-term commitment to research, management, and/or conservation of Florida fisheries and aquatic resources. This award aims to honor individuals for their career contributions to the fisheries profession and enhancing the visibility of the Florida Chapter. The Rich Cailteux Award is the highest honor Florida AFS may bestow upon an individual member or collaborating group.

Candidates will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 20 years spent in a fisheries related field in Florida
  • Substantial career contributions to Florida aquatic resources and the fisheries profession
  • An imaginative and successful program in fisheries and aquatic sciences education
  • A history of mentoring young fisheries professionals, and involvement and leadership with the Florida Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

Nominations for the Rich Cailteux Award should be sent to Eric Nagid (eric.nagid@myfwc.com) by March 1. Nominations should be limited to one page, but descriptive enough to convey why the individual is deserving of the award.