The International Fisheries Science Prize honors an organization or individual for their contribution to global fisheries science or conservation and is presented once every four years at the meeting of the World Fisheries Congress. The prize is sponsored by the American Fisheries Society International Fisheries Section and is funded through the Carl R. Sullivan International Endowment Fund and members of the World Council of Fisheries Societies. For the 2016 prize, the sponsorship members were the Australia Society for Fish Biology, the Japanese Society of Fisheries Science, the Fisheries Society of the British Isles, and the American Fisheries Society. The nominations to this prize have no restrictions and all countries are encouraged to apply. The nominations must be made by individuals who belong to a member organization of the World Council of Fisheries Societies and should include at least three reference letters.
Selection criteria include: Candidate’s achievements, curriculum vitae, references, and an overall achievement and contribution evaluation.
2016 – Dr. Ray Hilborn, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
2012 – Dr. Ian Cowx, Hull International Fisheries Institute at The University of Hull, UK
2008 – Dr. Kurt D. Fausch, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA