Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission


Now Accepting Nominations for the Maryland Sport Fisheries Achievement Award

The Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission established the Maryland Sport Fisheries Achievement Award for Maryland-related recreational fisheries. This award is to be considered the most prestigious fisheries award in Maryland to recognize an individual who has provided sustained efforts in habitat management, conservation, education, research or other meaningful contributions that benefit fish and recreational fishing in Maryland. The award is a celebration of conservation, education and sportsmanship.

Nominations are now being accepted through January 31, 2020. Go to the Award Page for more information, including a link to the nomination form.​​


The Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission has the duty of advising the director of Fishing and Boating Services on all matters referred to the commission by the director. The commission is comprised of individuals (currently 17 each) from across the State whom represent the interests of various constituencies in recreational fisheries (one member represents the Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission). Members normally meet quarterly (four times a year) at the Tawes State Office Building in Annapolis, Maryland. Term of each membership is four years.

The commission has the authority through the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 08.01.01, Title 08 DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, Subtitle 01 OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY, Chapter 01 Advisory Committees Authority: Natural Resources Article, 1-102, 1-105, and 4-204, Annotated Code of Maryland 4-204.

Here are the Maryland Spo​rt and Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commissions Operating Guidelines used to govern the commissions. 

Please contact Paul Genovese if you have questions.​​

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