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UGA professor wins national fisheries conservation award

Gary Grossman

Athens, Ga. – On Aug. 18, University of Georgia professor Gary Grossman received the 2014 Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation “Sully” Award given annually by the American Fisheries Society, the largest professional fisheries organization in the world.

The American Fisheries Society presents this award to an individual or organization each year for “outstanding contributions to the conservation of fishery resources.” Grossman, a professor of animal ecology in UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, is the 23rd honoree since the award was first given in 1991.

The society, established in 1870, has more than 9,000 members and is the largest professional society for aquatic scientists in the world. It bestows the honor based on political, legal, educational, scientific or managerial accomplishments.

Grossman was selected as the 2014 recipient for his “contributions to fish conservation, specifically for his efforts in communicating important scientific information to the general public,” according to the organization. Grossman accepted the award at the American Fisheries Society’s annual meeting in Québec City, Québec.

“I am certainly honored to receive the Sully, which highlights the importance of communicating basic and applied science to the public,” Grossman said.

Known as “Dr. Trout” in the angling community, Grossman has been with the Warnell School since 1981, where he teaches courses in conservation biology, fish ecology and the natural history of Georgia. He also researches how fish populations interact with other species and the effects of environmental changes on aquatic species. He serves on the editorial boards of Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, Freshwater Biology and Ecology Freshwater Fish.

The American Fisheries Society’s mission is to “advance sound science, promote professional development and disseminate science-based fisheries information for the global protection, conservation and sustainability of fisheries resources and aquatic ecosystems.” For more information, see

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