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.

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, 2020. Nominations should be limited to one page, but descriptive enough to convey why the individual is deserving of the award.

Award Recipients

2019

Ed Matheson (FWC) is an accomplished research scientist at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI). Over his 30+ year career, his research has focused on fishes associated with seagrasses, tidal-river estuaries, the West Florida shelf, and Tampa Bay. He provides critical insight and a “big-picture” approach to the applied science of how FWRI approaches fisheries objectives. view citation

2018

Chuck Cichra (UF) has excelled in his career as an educator and scientist.  He has produced successful academic and extension programs.  He has taught and mentored a wide range of students, many of whom now hold professional positions in agencies, academia, and industry. He has been active in the Florida Chapter since 1986 and was part of the original effort to establish the Roger Rottmann Memorial Scholarship.  view citation

2016

Mike Murphy (FWC) is an accomplished fisheries biologist who has devoted a large part of his 35+ year career to advancing our knowledge of fish population dynamics of the many important estuarine and coast species in the Southeast region.  view nomination

2015

Larry Connor (FWC) began his career working with grass carp and finished it working on exotic species eradication.  In between, he built database systems, created a creel data analysis program,  and consulted fisheries biologists with sampling design and statistics.  He has long been active in the FLAFS and SDAFS in various officer and committee roles, to include creating and maintaining the FLAFS membership database.  view nomination

2014

Bob Wattendorf (FWC/DFFM) devoted his career to freshwater fisheries management and promoting freshwater fishing in Florida. Additionally, he has played a significant part in the FL Chapter AFS since its first meeting in 1981.   view nomination

2013

Wes Porak (FWC/FWRI) spent his career in Freshwater Fisheries Management and Research and is renowned as a black bass scientist. view citation

2011

Alan Collins (NOAA/NMFS) spent the majority of his 35 year career working on the early life history of fish and the reproductive biology of reef fish. view nomination

2010

Ron Taylor (FWC/FWRI) spent the majority of his 30+ year career enhancing our knowledge on the biology & ecology of snook species and is considered an international expert in his field.  view nomination