Director's Black Bass Conservation Awards

CONGRATULATIONS!
Don Goff (left), President of Susquehanna River Fishing Club won the Director's Black Bass Conservation Award for his stewardship in the fishery.  His club additionally won materials to help improve post-release survival of largemouth bass.  Future applicants for the award should be engaged in conservation of the resource, have a youth membership and have its members successfully complete the Department's Bass Class.  



 
PURPOSE
​The Director of Fishing and Boating Services will annually reward efforts to protect black bass resources by supporting tournament directors and by recognizing youth who become more knowledgeable in black bass conservation and watercraft safety, which preserve the sport for years to come.

ELIGIBILITY
The award(s) is available each year, depending on funding, for a tournament with: 
  1. a director or co-director applicant who is a resident of Maryland; 
  2. tournament participants who have a Maryland fishing license, if required by law; 
  3. at most 49 boats; and 
  4. at least 50% of angler participants who are between 16 and 25 years old, ages inclusive.

CRITERIA
Applications will be reviewed based on three criteria. 
  1. Director or co-director applicant should identify at least one best management practice when obtaining a permit for the tournament from Fishing and Boating Services.
  2. All tournament participants should complete Fishing and Boating Services' online Bass Class, which includes boater safety videos and conservation related videos starring state and national leaders in bass conservation.
  3. The director or co-director applicant should write a brief (500 words or less) narrative that describes the supply needs of the tournament and the reason for their need. Examples of supply needs could include: a waiver of the department's costs for re-distributing fish; on-board hand scales or rulers for on-the-water weigh-ins; non-piercing cull clips; barbless tackle for tournament participants; thermometers for live wells; life jackets; aerators; ice; mesh bags or bag systems for weighing bass; a shade canopy; cattle tank for offering highly oxygenated water conditions; rubber nets; or weigh-in systems that promote survival of largemouth bass.
APPLICATION PROCESS
  1. Director or co-director applicants should electronically submit application by May 1, 2018 to joseph.love@maryland.gov or branson.williams@maryland.gov.
  2. Director or co-director applicants will be notified of their standing by June 1, 2018.
  3. Supply purchases will be made by the department on behalf of the director or co-director beginning July 1, 2018.

AWARDS
Applicants who are chosen to win the Director's Black Bass Conservation Award will receive a small plaque and the awarded supplies by August 1, 2018. Supply costs should not exceed $500 and up to two awards are given per year. Participants who complete the on-line Bass Class will receive a Certificate of Completion from Fishing and Boating Services. This certificate can be used in the future if the group chooses to apply again for the award.​

 


 
  ​COMING SOON!

​For questions, please contact:

Joseph W. Love
410-260-8257

Branson Williams
301-888-2423